Google decided that having two apps called Meet would be a good idea

Google decided that having two apps called Meet would be a good idea

Google is moving ahead with the Duo and Meet merger, if not quite as elegant as some might like. Take Crunch Reports suggest that Google is rebranding Duo for Android and iOS as Meet, complete with the video calling-centric tagline. The company has already migrated many of the Meet features. However, the old Meet will not be discontinued for the time being – instead, it will be renamed “Google Meet (original)”.

All Duo users should see the new brand by September. You will have to use your Google account for any meeting features, but the familiar ones (such as effects and contacts) will remain. The original Meet app will continue to work, but it will not receive dedicated calls and will eventually disappear.

As the spokesperson explained in June, the merger aims to adapt to the “evolving needs” of video calls, including meetings, by providing a unified experience. To some extent, this is also an acknowledgment that the mix of Google’s communication apps has become very complex. The tech company plans to shut down Hangouts this fall to focus on chat, for example, and dropped Allo in early 2019. While the existence of the outdated Meet app may still be confusing, it should be clearer about which Google apps you should use for business meetings or keep up with friends.

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