Google set to compete with Zoom as they plans combining Duo and Meet meeting apps, Google currently has two separate applications for video chat, but each is designed for a separate use and different users. Google Duo is for non-professional video chats like want to wish your girlfriend or boyfriend “Happy Birthday,” and “Happy Valentine’s Day” or show your parents the new apartment you have rented in Brooklyn! Duo is used to help you share the viewable moments of life with your family and friends.
Google is reportedly looking to combine Duo and Meet
Google has its Meet video conferencing tool that can be accessed from the Meet app or from the tab at the bottom of the Gmail app when you need a video for a business meeting. G Suite chief Javier Soltero was made head of consumer communications services in May, according to 9to5Google; this unit includes Duo, Messages and the Android Phone app. From that point, sources claim Soltero began to tell employees there is no reason for Duo and Meet to co-exist. Google’s been working hard on the Duo and adding new features. But amid the global pandemic, people working from home have been using video conferencing apps like Zoom that are made for business use and can handle large meetings with as many as 100 participants at no charge.
Google is trying to take on Zoom and the way for it to do so is to merge Duo and Meet. Since Meet is more of a video conferencing app than Duo is, it would seem that it would be the Meet name that will remain standing. Only getting the one video app will help keep consumers confused about whether they can use Duo or Meet for their purposes.
Google not only beefed up Meet to take on Zoom in the pandemic, it is also adding new features to Duo. For example, Duo can now handle video calls at one time with as many as 32 persons involved. And you can now join Duo video calls by tapping on a link, the same way you can join a Zoom and Meet video calls. Tap on New Meeting, for example, will make a link that can be shared.
Google has the ability to become a formidable rival to Zoom. Meet is currently free and for some time Google may decide to continue that pricing. If Google Duo and Meet are combined, the new name could possibly be named Duet for the remaining video conferencing app (a portmanteau made up of combining Duo’s first two letters with Meet’s last two). However, prior to this, sources say that some of Duo’s features will be moved to Meet, such as the integration of phone numbers and the use of end-to – end encryption. Meet users are already getting some security measures. No one may enter a video conference at Meet without the host being invited or admitted.
Google will no longer have two distinct, dedicated video chat /conferencing solutions by combining Duo and Meet. Rather, it will have one video app that both consumers and the enterprise could use. It is unknown when this could happen; meanwhile, Google does make its Android and iOS video apps available. Google Meet can be installed from both the Google Play Store and the App Store. Duo is now available for both Android and iOS.
Is Apple going to spice up FaceTime to compete with Zoom? Do not be counting on that. Like Meet and Zoom, and even Duo, Apple’s video chat app only works on iOS, so not everybody can use it for a video conference.