Google is on the way to shunning Duo and replacing it with Meet. In a new direction under the leadership of Javier Soltero. G Suite Administrator.
9to5Google reported that Soltero, who told employees that the coexistence of the two apps, made no sense. He decided to keep Meet as Google’s only video calling service.
Some sources said it came as a surprise to the team behind Duo. Which was announced in I / O 2016, along with the chatting app Allo which has since been closed.
Duo and Meet plan is described internally as a consolidation process called Duet. Which combines the names of the two applications. The Duo will disappear at the end of the merge. But before Duo switches off with Meet, many of its key features will be added to Meet. According to the sources. These features include end-to-end encryption, communication with people to make video calls via phone numbers, and 3D effects.
Ditching Duo and Meet won’t happen anytime soon. Sources told 9to5Google that it could take up to two years.
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In May, Google completed the launch of the free version of Meet. This was previously only available to business G Suite customers. Meet launched. Who was looking to capitalize on the growing popularity of videoconferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a legitimate competitor to Zoom.
Meet, which allows up to 100 people to chat simultaneously, is integrated into the Gmail interface.