Google made an announcement on Wednesday, saying it will now combine its two video and voice call applications named Duo and Meet, and converge it to form one single platform.
With this new move, Javier Soltero, head of Google Workspace says, “What’s been really important is understanding how people make the choice as to what tool they’re going to use, for what purpose, in what circumstance. It’s really important and powerful to be able to reach you that way. and allow you then to decide whether you want to be reached or not, as opposed to having to manage all of these different identities and deal with the consequences.”
Our digital lives are filled with a million different chat apps, each with its own rules and norms and contact list, some for work purposes and some for personal ones. Google’s hoping it can use Gmail addresses and phone numbers to bring all that together.
During the past two years, due to the pandemic, Meet has become a powerful platform for meetings and group chats of all kinds, while Duo has stayed more of a messaging app. Google promises it’s bringing all of Duo’s features to Meet going forward and seems convinced it can offer the best of both worlds.
To make this convergence work, Google is leaning on Duo’s mobile app as the default. Pretty soon, the Duo app will get an update that brings an onslaught of Meet features into the platform; later this year, the Duo app will be renamed Google Meet. The current Meet app will be called “Meet Original,” and eventually deprecated.