Google combines Meet and Duo apps
Google has officially announced in a company blog post that it will combine the Meet and Duo platforms into a single video communication app later this year. The merger will help Google compete with more popular options like Facetime by removing all the convoluted naming conventions and varying functions.
Yet even the way Google is rolling out the change looks like another exercise in confusion:
“In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding all the functionality of Google Meet to the Duo app, so users can easily schedule a video meeting at a time that suits everyone or continue to use video calling to connect. instantly with a person or a group.Later this year, we’ll be renaming the Duo app to Google Meet, our unique video communication service on Google that’s available for free to everyone.
This combination is a much-needed change for Google. While the company does a lot of things well, consolidating its arguably too large family of apps hasn’t been its strong point.
To name a few, Google’s messaging and video calling apps have been called Hangouts Meet, Google Chat, Hangouts Chat, Allo, Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangouts. Suffice it to say that Google is making great strides in getting rid of apps rather than adding them, although the bar has clearly been set pretty low.