Merger of Google Duo with Meet rolled out [U]


Early last month, Google announced that Duo was becoming Meet and adding all of its features over the next few months. Google Duo’s Meet fusion is now starting to roll out to Android.

Update 8/1: In recent days, the Google Duo-Meet merger has been widely rolled out. All devices – both android and iOS running version 170 – which we checked today, the “Duo just got better” card at the top of the new home screen.

Along with the new “History” section, tapping the FAB reveals the two new call options, while you get a privacy preview before making your first call.

The availability comes as Google updated the original Meet app with a new green icon and now calls it “Meet (original)” on Android.

The next step will see the Duo app renamed “Google” Meet with that existing icon/brand. This change will take place later in the year.

Original 7/11: After updating to the last version (169.0.459621665.duo.android_20220612.16_p6), a handful of users see a “Duo is getting even better” card just below the search box. It’s far from being a wide deployment. Google links to this support article to learn more.

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

After hitting the FAB (Floating Action Button), which removes “call” and just says “New”, you now have “Create New Meeting” and “Schedule in Google Calendar” options from Google Meet.

According to Google, the latter is something consumers are increasingly looking to do, while enterprise users want more instant one-click calling. Tapping opens up what is essentially the Google Calendar creation experience with a pre-populated Meet URL.

Meanwhile, “Create a new meeting” gives a link with options to copy, “Share” and “Join meeting”. This meeting will appear on the modified home screen in the new “Meetings” section, which will also list all scheduled events on your calendar.

Before starting a meeting with the new application, Google displays a privacy page noting the abandonment of end-to-end encryption (E2EE). [Update: Google says 1:1 calls and group video that you start by ringing directly still “uses end-to-end encryption to mask data with a code that only you and the other callers have access to.” However, “Meet Meetings in the Duo app” that are accessed via links leverage “cloud-encryption measures.”]

  • Meet uses cloud encryption to keep your conversations private. Unlike end-to-end encryption, cloud encryption lets you use more features like live chat and captions.
  • Your Google Account name and pronouns will be shown to others when on a call.
  • People you previously blocked in Duo can join calls in Meet.

So far, we have only received one report on this deployment. Google previously told us that the merger would be closely monitored so that users wouldn’t be left behind or see quality downgrades. What’s starting to happen today with Duo getting existing Meet features is Phase 1. This includes virtual backgrounds, in-meeting text chat, real-time closed captioning, and up to 100 (on 32) participants.

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