Google Duo merger with Meet begins [U]

Earlier last month, Google announced that Duo is becoming Meet and adding all of its features in the coming months. Google Duo’s Meet merger is now rolling out on Android.

Update 8/1Google Duo-Meet merger: In recent times, the Google Duo-Meet merger has started widely. All the devices — both Android and iOS running version 170 — that we tested today have a “Duo is getting even better” card at the top of the new homescreen.

In addition to the new “History” section, tapping on FAB brings up two new calling options, while giving you a privacy overview before making your first call.

This availability comes as Google updated the original Meet app with a new green icon and now refers to it as “Meat (native)” on Android.

In the next step the Duo app will be renamed to “Google Meet” with that existing icon/branding appearing. This change will happen later in the year.

original 7/11: After updating to the latest version (169.0.459621665.duo.android_20220612.16_p6), a handful of users are seeing a “Duo is getting even better” card right below the search field. It is far from a widespread rollout. 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 tapping on the FAB (Floating Action Button), which skips “Call” and just says “New”, you now have options for “Create New Meeting” and “Schedule in Google Calendar” that originated from Google Meet Has happened.

The latter is something Google says consumers are increasingly looking to do, while enterprise users want more instantaneous one-click calling. Tapping opens what is essentially a Google Calendar creation experience with the Meet URL pre-filled in.

Meanwhile, “Create a new meeting” returns a link with options to copy, “Share,” and “Join the meeting.” That meeting will appear on the tweaked homescreen under the new “Meetings” section, which will also list any scheduled events from your calendar.

Before starting the meeting with the new app, Google shows a privacy page that informs of moving away from 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 chat and live captions.
  • Your Google Account name and pronoun will be shown to others in the call.
  • People you’ve previously blocked in Duo can join calls in Meet.

We have received a report of this rollout till now. Google previously told us that the merger will be closely monitored so that users don’t lag behind or see a drop in quality. What’s starting today is getting Duo’s existing Meet features into Phase 1. This includes virtual backgrounds, in-meeting text chat, real-time closed captions, and up to 100 (up to 32) participants.

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