Google currently has two video conferencing services. The Google Meet service and Google Duo. While both these services have a different set of target audiences, these have become quite relevant in the past few months. With the COVID-19 spread, people have used one or the other for professional meetings or even casual “get-togethers” with friends and or family. Now, according to a report on Android Police, the company may just merge the two.
It s true, over the past few months, all video conferencing apps have been on overdrive. This has obviously raged the demand for all such apps. Now, for Google, its users are dispersed and actually confused. None of their two services actually provide a complete experience. Something Zoom actually does quite well. Now, according to the article on Android Police and the sources from 9to5Google that it sites, Google may look to merge the two apps. This would actually work quite well as users would be geared towards one app.
The article states that currently, Google has been pushing Google Meet instead of Duo on emails where phone numbers or emails may be named. They have also added more features that are directly from Google Meet. This includes features such as increasing the number of users from 8 to 32. They have also added support to join in calls from links, same as those on Meet and Zoom.
The article said that this transition is still pretty vague but something quite inevitable. It would be a good thing as it would reduce app clutter too. It would also increase product quality and user retention, that’s for sure.