Goodbye Forever Duo: Google is starting to weed out the last of its big failures in communications and messaging apps.

After several years of chaos with its communication solutions, as well as failure after failure, it seems that Google wants to accelerate the homogenization and simplification of these basic applications, which first began the dismissal of Hangouts for the integrate into Chat and now they too announce the end of Google Duo, a service which in turn will merge with Meet.

The news is now that Google has already taken the first step towards integration, starting with notifying users directly about its video calling services, as Duo apps have started showing some users a card that says “Duo s ‘better even more’, with information on what to expect in the coming months.

Indeed, when opening the card, this message is displayed as clearly and concisely as possible:

Your Duo app will become Meet, with a new name and icon and more features like background effects.

Now yes, get ready because Google has set a shutdown date for one of its star services

As we told you before, this card is still only shown to a small portion of users who are using the latest version of Google Duo app, specifically version 169.0.459621665.duo.android_20220612.16_p6.

In it we will find interactivity to show us upcoming news, since in addition to the message we will see two buttons that we can press that say “I have it” and “More information”, with a functionality which is quite intuitive in each case.

If we click on “Included” we will see options to create a new meeting or a new calendar in Google Calendar, features exclusive to Meet, while if we click on the “Learn more” button we will be redirected to a support article where They show us all the recent changes and news of Google Duo.

In addition to the card that starts the onboarding process, with this new compilation you will receive virtual backgrounds for your video conferences, text discussions during meetings and real-time captions, as well as the increase in the limit of people in a group video call from 32 up to 100 participants.

Google Duo, it’s almost over!

Experienced a significant gain in popularity. But Google had another app for video calls: Google Duo. While Meet is a direct competitor to Zoom, Duo is more considered the equivalent of FaceTime for Android smartphones.

In any case, soon Google will only have one application to manage video calls. Indeed, in June, the firm announced the end of the Duo application or, more precisely, the merger of this app with Google Meet.

“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 calls to connect instantly. with a person or a group.

Google had also explained that it would not be necessary to download Google Meet, if you already have Google Duo. A simple update will suffice.

Google has started notifying Google Duo users

In essence, Google is preparing users for the changes to come. A priori, the arrival of Meet features will change the experience of users who were used to the simplicity of Google Duo. Indeed, during the health crisis, Google has continued to strengthen its videoconferencing service.

“For those who use Google Meet, we’ve introduced over 100 features and improvements since making Meet available to everyone in 2020. This included a more intuitive interface, virtual backgrounds and effects, live captions direct and features that help people feel seen and heard, like automatic light settings and noise cancellation. We’ve also made quality and reliability improvements, as well as introducing new moderation controls to help keep meetings safe and productive,” Google said in June.

As a reminder, Google Meet is free, but there is also a paid version. In addition, Google has already integrated the video conferencing service into Gmail, so that it is more easily accessible.

Welcome surprise for Google One Premium users: video calls…

Four years ago Google One arrived in Europe, the service that unified Google Drive, Photos and many other plans. The first visible effect was the new backup for Android devices, but the change was much deeper and in the following years Google continued to refine the user experience. Last year, VPN for Premium paid plans was introduced, but Google also launched advanced Google Photos editing tools and Google Store rewards, gaining great success among users. Always for users with a Premium plan of 2 TB and more, and it is the arrival of features previously reserved for professional users (paid) of Google Workspace. Most interesting of these is improved Google Meet video calling, which now receives:

increased group video calls from 1 hour to 24 hours

background noise filter (newly introduced, among others)

ability to record video calls to Google Drive

Google says advanced video calling features are rolling out in the following countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and Australia, and more countries are in the pipeline. deployment. Recall that Google Meet is one of the best applications for group video calls, with browser access, a clean interface and many features that allow it to compete with “holy monsters” such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams , without consider integration with Google, Gmail and Calendar services on all. One of the biggest limitations, but common to many video calling programs in the free version, is the 60 minute limit for group conferencing (and the inability to record), but now for users of Google One Premium will be a very good surprise. Additionally, the company promises that over time, Google One (paid) members will gain access to select additional premium features of Google Workspace, Google Meet, Gmail and Calendar, and other Google products.

Google says goodbye to one of its video calling apps

Since the various confinements, the appeal of video calling applications has increased sharply. In June, Google announced the merger of Google Duo with Google Meet to form a single application.

“In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding all the features 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 calls to instantly connect. with a person or a group. Later this year, we will rebrand the Duo app as Google Meet, our unique video communication service on Google, available free to everyone,” as Google explained last June. Note that for Google Duo users, it will not be necessary to download Google Meet, a simple update will suffice.

Google Meet, a complete application

First of all it is good to note that Google Meet is accessible for free and is already integrated into Gmail. However, there is also a paid version costing less than 10 euros per month and notably allowing access to online assistance and 100 GB of storage on Google Drive against only 15 GB for the free version.

Since 2020, Google has added more than 100 features and improvements to its video calling app: “This included a more intuitive interface, virtual backgrounds and effects, live captions, and features that help people to feel seen and heard, like automatic light settings and noise cancellation. We’ve also made improvements to quality and reliability, as well as introducing new moderation controls to help keep meetings safe and productive,” as the tech giant clarified in June.

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