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Google Meet will replace Google Duo but it is not happening anytime soon

As per reports, the gradual phasing out of Google Duo is being described as a merger of the two services that is codenamed "Duet"— a combination of Duo and Meet.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | August 18, 2020 | Updated 14:38 IST

Highlights

  • Google Meet will replace Google Duo to give way to one video conferencing app.
  • The transition will take at least two years until which Duo users will remain unaffected.
  • Google Meet will bring over Google Duo’s features like end-end to encryption, contacting users via phone number, and 3D effects.

Google Meet is slated to replace Google Duo which will eventually phase out, sources familiar with the matter told 9to5Google. Google Duo is aimed at regular customers whereas Google Meet is aimed at enterprise customers for video conferencing. Javier Soltero, Head of GSuite told his employees that it does not make sense for Duo and Meet to coexist.

The transition will take place as the two apps Google Duo and Google Meet are growing similar and an integrated app will curb confusion. Google will bring over Duo's unique features to Meet, as per the report. These features include end-to-end encryption, contacting users for a video via the phone number, and 3D effects. However, the transition could take well over two years.

But the plans to integrate the apps does seem on the cards as sources have revealed to 9to5Google. "We're fully invested in Duo, which has seen astonishing growth during the pandemic. People around the world are relying on video calling more than ever, and we have no plans to interrupt that. We'll continue to invest in building new Duo features and delivering a delightful experience for our users, customers, and partners," a Google spokesperson told 9to5 Google. "We brought the Duo organization under Javier Soltero's leadership in May, and it follows that we're looking at ways that our video calling products can improve alongside one another."

Google Duo brought in many features in the backdrop of COVID 19 pandemic and Duo saw an 8x surge in group calls in April, as well as 10 million sign-ups per week with a ten-fold increase in call minutes.

Last month, Google Duo released support for 32 people for video calls on Android. Earlier, Google Duo added features like the AR effect for customised messages. When Duo users are unable to make a call, they can simply send a photo or a customised video through Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Users can also take photos during calls which will get saved to Google Moments if they have the feature. They can enable it by going to settings--call settings--Duo Moments.

Google also announced a daily usage of Meet grew by 30x with 3 billion minutes of video meetings that month, and almost 3 million daily new users. Google also said that daily meeting participants surpassed 100 million. Google has made the video-conferencing services free as of now.


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