‘Google is combining Meet and Duo into a single app for voice and video calls’
David Pierce, writing about Google’s latest messaging platform fiasco for The Verge earlier this summer:
As the two services become one, Google is leaning on Duo’s mobile app as the default. Pretty soon, the Duo app will get an update that brings an onslaught of Meet features into the platform; later this year, the Duo app will be renamed Google Meet. The current Meet app will be called “Meet Original,” and eventually deprecated.
Let’s check in on how that merger is going. Here’s Chris Welch, also writing at The Verge, just a couple of months later:
But apparently, not all customers have been happy with Duo’s sudden identity change. With the latest update to the Meet app for Android, Google has brought back the original Duo icon and name as a separate shortcut that appears in the app launcher. Tapping on Duo opens Google Meet. So you’ve now got two ways of accessing the same application.
I wish Google the best of luck, and a strong will to actually see a vision through.