Right now, Google has two different video calling apps, Duo and Meet. While the Google Duo was focused on simple consumer video calling experience, Meet was focused on enterprise-level meetings experience.
Google today announced that Google Duo app will be replaced with Google Meet app in the coming months. However, all the existing Google Duo features such as the ability to make video calls to friends and family by phone number or email address, fun filters and effects, send messages, and the ability to use Google Assistant to call using existing devices will be available in the upcoming Google Meet app. Google also mentioned that existing conversation history, contacts, and messages will continue to be saved in the app.
In addition to the existing Duo features, the upcoming Meet app will offer the following:
- Customize virtual backgrounds in calls and meetings
- Schedule meetings so everyone can join at a time that’s convenient for them
- Use in-meeting chat for deeper engagement
- Live share content to enable interaction with all participants on the call
- Get real-time closed captions to better support accessibility and boost participation
- Increase size of video calls from a current limit of 32 to 100 participants
- Integrate with other tools, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages and more
The new experience will support Google’s secure video calling solution at no charge with additional features to connect with others. You’ll still be able to make unlimited video calls on your phone with no time limits.
After the completed rollout of updates to the Duo app, users using the original Meet app will be offered the option to use the new version.