O Google plans to replace the Google Duo fur Google Meet for video calls. According to sources familiar with the matter heard by the 9to5Google this Friday (14), the company intends to unify the two videoconferencing services in a project known internally as “Duet” (combination of “Duo” and “Meet”).
The unification of products is an initiative that tends to simplify the company’s communication services portfolio. According to the specialized website, the idea is to gather and offer only one product for both regular consumers and the corporate public, in addition to concentrating efforts on Google Meet.
Reports on the alleged transition come after the Meet’s growth period due to the impacts of the pandemic, which spurred the development of the service to make it a competitor equal to Zoom. Among the novelties are the integration with Gmail, grid view, noise cancellation, resources to teach classes and more.
Google is still considering bringing some Duo features to Meet before completing the replacement, such as end-to-end encryption, the ability to initiate calls from the phone number and 3D effects. The expectation is that this entire transition process will last up to two years.
Wanted by 9to5Google, Google says there are no plans to shut down the Google Duo at this time. Check out the North American company’s response in full:
“We are fully involved in the Duo, which grew surprisingly during the pandemic. People around the world are relying on video calls more than ever and we have no plans to stop it. We will continue to invest in developing new features for the Duo and delivering a pleasant experience for our users, customers and partners. We put the Duo organization under the leadership of Javier Soltero in May and therefore we are looking for ways for our video call products to improve together ”.
In May of this year, Google increased the number of participants in Duo calls to 32 people after expanding from 8 to 12 members in March. The company also made group videoconferences available to the web version of the service, previously limited only to apps for Android and iOS, in addition to other resources.