According to a blog post published by the company, the Google Duo app will soon be absorbed into the Google Meet platform. It had been speculated that this would take place in the year 2020, and it has now been confirmed. Google Meet is the company’s response to the video conferencing platform Zoom. Users of G-Suite, also known as business and enterprise users, as well as users of Gmail for personal use are able to set up and host their own video calls thanks to this feature.
The company announced its intention to incorporate “Google Meet features into the Duo app,” stating that this would allow users to “easily schedule a video meeting at a time that works for everyone, or continue using video calling to instantly connect with a person or group.” The announcement was made in the form of a blog post. By the end of the year, the app formerly known as Google Duo will be rebranded as Google Meet. With this change, Google will offer a “single video communications service” that is free to use for anyone.
Along with Allo, the video-calling app known as Google Duo was introduced in the year 2016. The latter app was a messaging platform that was developed to compete with WhatsApp. The Duo app was primarily a video calling app that was designed to compete with FaceTime. It was made available on both Android and iOS. Even though Google Meet has received more attention, Duo has been able to remain operational throughout this time. Allo was discontinued in 2018. However, it appears that this will be added to the long list of Google apps and projects that have been unsuccessful.
The good news for people who already use Google Duo is that they will not be required to download a new app. According to the blog, all one needs to do to prepare for the changes is make sure that the most recent version of Duo is installed on their device. Once the changes are fully implemented, Duo will be renamed Google Meet.
According to the post, the modifications will have an effect on admins who manage G Suite accounts as well as end users. “We are fully committed to ensuring that the change from Duo to Meet is as seamless as is humanly possible. Administrators will get an email explaining the impact this change will have on their organization, according to the information provided by Google.
Beginning this month, Google will also add some new features to the mobile app version of the Duo service. These include the capability to personalize virtual backgrounds during calls and meetings, the ability to schedule meetings, in-meeting chats, and live content sharing that is analogous to Google Meet’s features. In addition, Google intends to implement “real-time closed captions to better support accessibility” and will raise the participant limit for Duo from 32 to 100.
According to the official Google blog, Google Duo will also “integrate with other tools, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages, and more.”
IT administrators who are responsible for managing G Suite accounts for business users are able to manage access to Duo video calling by “features by turning off the Additional Google services control.” This only affects the video calling features of Duo, and will not have any effect on the functionality of Meet.
There is no need for administrators who handle school accounts to change any settings because Duo will continue to restrict access to anyone under the age of 18. However, the post states that “users over the age of 18 will continue to have access to Duo calling features if you have the Additional Google services control enabled.”
Regular users simply need to ensure that they are running the most recent version of Duo in order to access all of the most recent features. All Google Workspace customers, as well as all users with legacy G Suite Basic and Business accounts, as well as all users with personal Google Accounts, will be affected by the changes.
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