Google has started the next phase of integrating Duo and Meet video chat apps into a single service.
The brand sent out an update on Wednesday, which will change the Google Duo icon to Google Meet. The update is largely aesthetic but is due to roll out to Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks. You can expect to receive a notification on the home screen explaining how Google Duo is integrated into Google Meet.
The brand detailed in June that it plans to combine the two chat services into a more professional video meeting system, which will be branded under one name, Google Meet. The transition began quickly in July as Google began making changes to the system, moving several Meet features to Duo, including:
- Custom virtual wallpapers for video communication
- scheduling a meeting
- Chat rooms in the meeting
- Direct sharing of content during a call
- Real-time translation and annotation
- Video call limit increased from 32 to 100 participants
- Google Tools integration with Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages, and more.
- The brand also sent out an update by changing the app icon to “Google Meet (original)”.
TechCrunch notes that many frequent Google Meet users may not have noticed the icon’s transformation as a major change. However, once the August update hits devices, they’ll have to notice the transition. The post also added that as the integration continues, you’ll need a Google account to access Meet’s unique features. Previously, Duo was a calling app that only required a phone number.
With integration nearing its peak around September, everyone will see the new Google Meet icon and app name, and those who want to install Google’s video messaging service for the first time will have to rate the new Google Meet app, which will be available in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store .
Google Meet (the original) will be available for some time, but will eventually be discontinued, as its users receive a recommendation to update to the new app.
Google is also updating its Google Meet on Duo branding on web services starting Wednesday; However, this platform is set to be fully ported to the new system over the next several months, the brand said.
The fate of Google Duo being integrated into Google Meet appears to be just a numbers game, rather than the app being scrapped entirely. 9to5Google noted in June that Google Duo has 5 billion downloads for Android, compared to Google Meet, which has more than 100 million downloads.