Google made a big announcement today
, revealing that it is combining two of its video calling programs to create a single video streaming platform, which it will call Meet. The two video platforms that will be combined include Meet and Duo. The first is a streaming video platform used to engage up to 250 people in a single video chat. Duo is a free video chat app for iOS and Android.
Duo leaves Google with a single video platform, which it will call Meet
In addition to combining Duo and Meet, possibly Google
will also eliminate Duo leaving Google with a single video platform, Meet. Javier Soltero, head of Google Workspace, said, “What really matters is understanding how people choose, what tool they’re going to use, for what purpose, under what circumstances,” Meet was used for meetings and group chats.
Meanwhile, Duo has a lot in common with FaceTime because it was developed for one-on-one video chat rather than the large conferences for which Meet and Zoom are used. By integrating Meet and Duo, you can start a meeting from almost anywhere. One advantage Duo has is the ability to start a video chat by simply calling a person’s phone number instead of trusting someone to click on a link or tap a giant “Meet” button.
The new Google Meet home screen
As Duo and Meet become one, Duo’s mobile app will become the default and the Duo app will be renamed Google Meet later this year. The current Meet app will be known as Meet Original. An update will later be available to Duo, which will send Meet features to the Duo platform.
Duo will receive these new features thanks to the update:
- Set up virtual backgrounds for calls and meetings.
- Schedule meetings so that everyone can join at a convenient time for them.
- Use meeting chat for deeper engagement.
- Live share content to enable interaction with all call participants.
- Get real-time subtitles to better maintain accessibility and accelerate participation.
- Increase video call size from current limit of 32 to 100 participants.
- Integrate with other tools, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messaging, and more.
Dave Citron, product director for Google’s video products, said, “The Duo mobile app has had a lot of sophistication, especially under the hood and in emerging markets where connectivity has been scarce or highly variable.” Citron says that on the net, it’s different; There, Meet is the much more developed web platform “creating the foundation of the new combined system.” But in both cases, says Google, the idea is to combine Meet and Duo with something available to everyone, without which no user is left out.
Meet is the obvious choice for Google to focus on its video and voice options
A Workspace bachelor says that while Meet grew up during the pandemic, it became the more obvious choice for Google to focus on its video and voice options. Google has a lot of work ahead of it because it seeks to recognize which device you are using at a particular time and sends notifications only to that device.
Google says, “As part of our mission to build a connected experience for all users, we’re excited to combine our video calling and meeting technologies into a single, powerful, easy-to-use solution. Video communication is an important area. Meet to help people connect, collaborate, and share experiences on any device, at home, at school, and at work.
We are committed to making the transition from Duo to Meet as smooth as possible, “Google said. In 2020, Google began offering Meet free to users and also released more than 100 features and enhancements to the app.