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Google’s Duo and Meet combo apps roll out for Android and iOS

In June, Google introduced that it’s bringing the options of Meet into the Duo app — and that transformation begins immediately. Google isn’t technically eliminating both app; Duo’s getting rebranded as Meet with the options from each apps, and Meet’s staying Meet.

Sure, it sounds fairly complicated, however by the top of this course of, there will likely be simply two apps: “Meet Authentic” (the usual Meet app that can ultimately get phased out) and the brand new Meet that mixes each Meet and Duo. The mixed app will allow you to conduct each group and one-on-one calls in addition to maintain conferences.

If you have already got Duo put in, you gained’t should do something. Final month, Google pushed a Duo replace that provides the options from Meet, and immediately, Google’s rolling out an replace on iOS and Android that can change the Duo brand to the Meet icon. By September, anybody who downloads the Google Meet app will obtain the brand new Meet / Duo combo. Google notes that duo.google.com will redirect to satisfy.google.com/calling over the following few months.

Now, when you’re a Meet person, you don’t should do something proper now when you simply wish to preserve utilizing it because it has at all times existed with none further perks from Duo. Google could ultimately finish assist for the unique Meet, so simply preserve that in thoughts when you want to proceed utilizing the app as-is. Google says it is going to inform authentic Meet customers after they “ought to migrate to the brand new app expertise” however doesn’t specify when that can occur.

This transformation provides one other layer of complexity to Google’s internet of messaging apps however is an indication that Google’s consolidating the providers it already has fairly than simply including a brand new one. Earlier this yr, Google introduced that it will shut down Hangouts in November in favor of Google Chat. Google additionally ended third-party assist for Google Speak (aka GChat) final month.

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