The long-rumored Google Duo and Google Meet merger is definitely taking place. Google formally confirmed the transfer on June 1, explaining in a weblog publish that the aim is to create a “single video communications service” and that the Duo model will go away in favor of Google Meet.
While the Google Duo model is dying, it sounds just like the Duo code base will reside on as the idea for the brand new Google Meet. Google says that “existing video calling features from Duo are here to stay” and that “in the coming weeks, we’re adding all the Google Meet features to the Duo app, so users can easily schedule a video meeting at a time that works for everyone, or continue using video calling to instantly connect with a person or group. Later this year, we’ll rename the Duo app to Google Meet, our single video communications service across Google that is available to everyone at no cost.”
The transfer comes after Google unified its communication teams underneath Google Workspace VP and GM Javier Soltero (the writer of Google’s weblog publish) in 2020. Google has not clarified which merchandise are being unified, but it surely ought to imply that Google Hangouts, Google Meet, Google Chat, Google Messages, Google Duo, and Google Voice will all reside underneath one roof.
Here’s a fast recap of the long history of Google communication apps: Google Duo launched in 2016 as a standalone video chat app with a “companion” messaging app referred to as “Google Allo.” Google had simply failed in its try and buy WhatsApp two years earlier (Facebook made the $22 billion acquisition as an alternative), so it fired up its photocopiers for Google Allo, which was a straight-up WhatsApp clone. It used SMS-based telephone quantity identification as an alternative of a Google account, and it was restricted to 1 machine at a time, following the very non-Googley way that WhatsApp works.
Launching two communication apps on the identical time appeared unusual, however the concept was that Google might pitch Duo as a companion to WhatsApp in addition to Allo. Normally, a firm could be anticipated to incorporate video chat capabilities in its new messaging app—like Hangouts or Facebook Messenger or (finally) WhatsApp. Presumably, although, Google knew it couldn’t compete with the WhatsApp juggernaut in chat, so a standalone video app was made, with a Whatsapp clone to go along with it. WhatsApp customers can keep on WhatsApp for chat, however they will add this Duo app to their arsenal.
WhatsApp didn’t have video chat options on the time, and Duo was rushed to market (it launched earlier than Allo) to beat WhatsApps’ impending video rollout. Both Allo and Duo launched first in India—WhatsApps’ strongest market—and Duo was constructed from the bottom as much as present video chat over the slowest Internet connections. The technique labored, and whereas Allo died after two and a half years, Duo was in a position to reside on. To my data, Google has by no means shared lively consumer stats, however Duo turned a default Android app in 2016, so it has greater than 5 billion Play Store downloads, like each different default Android app.
While Duo was all about Google’s WhatsApp envy, Google Meet is a manifestation of Google’s Zoom envy. Technically, Meet launched in 2017 as a enterprise video assembly product from the G Suite group, but it surely was back-burnered for years. When the pandemic hit in 2020 and Zoom utilization exploded, Google Meet was drafted as Google’s reply.