Google has announced that it is merging Meet with Duo. Meet was aimed at business users primarily, while Duo was intended as everyone’s video messaging app to challenge Apple’s FaceTime.
Google will add all of the Meet features into the Duo app. Afterward, the Duo app will be renamed to Google Meet, at which point Meet will be the company’s single video communications service.
Duo will keep all of its existing video calling features and if you’re a Duo user your conversation history, contacts, and messages are safe as there won’t be another app to download. Duo on your smartphone will change to Meet with all of the additional features.
These new features include customizable virtual backgrounds in calls and meetings, scheduling of meetings, in-meeting chat, live sharing of content, real-time closed captions, video calls with up to 100 participants, “enhanced video and audio experiences with noise cancellation”, and integration with other Google tools like Gmail, Calendar, Assistant, and Messages.