Google has announced that the Google Meet application will be removed, that its functions will be integrated into Google Duo… which will be renamed Google Meet.
“At Google, we don’t know how to manage its messaging applications”, episode 5439. This Wednesday, Google announced the upcoming end of Google Meet, its videoconference meeting service. The functions will thus be brought to Google Duo, destined to become Google’s only video calling application… under the name of Google Meet.
In a blog post, the firm explains this choice to move towards a single video call solution: “As part of our ongoing investment to help people stay connected, and to adapt to the changing needs of our users, we will be enhancing the Duo experience to add all the features of Google Meet. This integrated experience will provide our users with a single service for both calls and video meetings with everyone.”.
Concretely, in the coming weeks, Google will therefore begin to integrate Google Meet functions into Google Duo and then, later in the year, will rename Google Duo to Google Meet. Even if, in fact, the current Google Meet application will disappear, it will therefore be integrated into Google Duo, which will therefore become… Google Meet.
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You didn’t understand everything? It’s not surprising. It must be said that, despite the trillions of dollars that Google weighs, the American group still seems to be sailing on sight in the field of video calls and messaging, and has been for several years. We can no longer count the number of courier services launched, closed, or replaced by the firm for more than ten years. These include Google Hangouts, Google Chat, Google Talk or Google Allo. Especially since, since then, some of these names have been used for other messaging services of the firm. Thus, Google Hangouts, which was first the messaging service integrated into Google+, was transformed into a global instant messaging application and then, in 2021, was merged into Google Chat within the Google Workspace subscription for companies.
With the merger of Google Duo and Google Meet, the firm seems to be seeking to offer more consistency with a single product bringing together all the video call functions, whether for meetings with more than 30 people, or direct calls to a loved one.
Remember that Google Meet has grown significantly over the past two years following the pandemic. The service has gained many features like automatic captioning, improved face lighting, emoji integration and picture-in-picture or free access for all users while this service was initially reserved to businesses.
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