Other changes incorporated into this version of Meet include scheduled recurring meetings, virtual wallpapers, and in-meeting chats. Just like with the Meet features that were coming to Duo, live sharing has been rolled out in recent weeks.
Users will also have the ability to change their background or apply visual effects before starting or joining a meeting, with the ability to use meeting chat and captions to participate more actively. Interacting will be easier and more fun.
Why did Google unify Meet and Duo?
Google touted this Meet and Duo merger as an adaptation of the modern realities of video calling. The live share clearly reflects this. It’s an acknowledgment that many users are using video chats as a social space, especially as remote meetings are more common than they were before the pandemic. These new features have started rolling out over the past few weeks.
The upgrade, meanwhile, will roll out throughout the month on all mobile devices and tablets, and will arrive later on other devices. As a reminder, the announcement of the merger of Google Duo and Google Meet was made in June. It was during this announcement in June that a spokesperson explained that the goal of the merger was to accommodate the “evolving needs” of video calling in meetings, all while providing a unified experience.
According to Engadget, to some extent Google did this because it recognized that the mix of its communications apps had become too complex. Indeed, the company plans to close Hangouts this fall and it has already abandoned Allo in early 2019.
It should be noted that Google Duo is a video instant messaging mobile application developed by Google. The app quickly climbed to the top position for free apps in Google Play within two days of releasing its first version, before dropping to the 127th position soon after.