Merging two apps was always going to be a complicated process. Add to this the overall confusion about Google’s messaging strategy and you can imagine what it looks like, but what Google is basically doing here is bringing all of Meet’s capabilities into the Duo app and then adding it to the new app. And changing to the updated Google Meet app.
In July, Google began adding capabilities to Duo already in preparation for the transition, while Meet also received an update and a new green icon. Oh, and the Google Meet app is now called “Google Meet (native)”. Users who don’t follow through with every twist and turn of this saga will surely be surprised for a few seconds, before heading to their next unnecessary meeting and forgetting all about it.
Starting today, Google will be rolling out an update to the Duo app for Android and iOS with the new Meet logo as well as a new notification in the app that explains what’s happening.
Since the Duo app already features Meet’s meeting capabilities, there’s no major functional update here, but it’s worth noting that you’ll need a Google account to use these meeting features (to use Duo). Before, you only needed a phone number).
By September, all users will see the new Google Meet icon and the name of the app. At that point, if you wanted to install Meet from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store, you’d get the updated Google Meet app (formerly Google Duo) with video calling and meeting features.
If you are currently using the Google Meet (native) app, you can continue doing so for now, you will not get the new ad hoc calling features. However, at some point, that app will be gone. “We will notify you when you should migrate to the new app experience,” Google says.