Phase 1 of the Duo-Meet combo is now rolling out and changes are taking place in Duo
Changes are now rolling out to Google Duo
Features in Meet that Duo users can access include:
- The ability to see and hear enhanced video and audio with noise reduction.
- Chat with up to 100 people at once.
- Be able to schedule a meeting or set up instant meetings so people can join when they’re ready.
- Add live captions during a video call.
- Start the video calling process with friends and family by using a phone number or an email address.
- Get some laughs by using filters and effects.
- The ability to send messages.
- Ask Google Assistant to make calls from your existing devices.
If you’re concerned about having to pay for services you got for free, Google says, “If you use Google Duo or Meet for free today, you won’t have to pay for the new experience.” Just as importantly, Google Duo’s current video calling features aren’t going away. Things like Google Duo conversation history, contacts, and messages are preserved.
Make sure Duo’s automatic update switch is turned on. If you turn off the auto-update feature for Duo, you’ll get the rebranded version of Duo in a future Android update. And the next series of Duo will feature the rebranding of the app. For now, when you open Duo, you’ll be greeted by a floating action button that no longer says “Call,” but instead says “New.” It gives you the option to ‘Create a new meeting’ and ‘Schedule in Google Calendar’.
In phase 2, Duo becomes Meet and takes over its icons and name
Keep in mind that people you’ve previously blocked in Duo will soon be able to join a group video chat. Meet also uses cloud encryption which, unlike end-to-end encryption, allows you to use features such as chat and live captioning. And once Duo becomes Meet, your Google account name and pronouns will be shown to others during a conversation.
The current rollout can be considered Phase 1. By the end of the year, Phase 2 will drop out and the Google Duo app will be rebranded as Google Meet using the existing Meet branding and icon. Duo was introduced to the world on May 18, 2016 at Google’s I/O developer conference that year. The service debuted on August 16, 2016.