According to a recent report, only Google Meet can survive.
The messaging apps have always been a weak part for Google, even if it’s one of the most successful companies. Now, it seems that Google is ready to make some changes. And those changes involve some drastic decisions.
Google could keep Meet and make it stronger and remove Duo permanently. Such a move would make Meet, Zoom’s direct rival. But how about Duo? Could the messaging app be gone forever? Or Google isn’t ready yet to put it on the chopping block.
Some reports suggest a Duo and Meet merge. Here is what you need to know.
Google Duet Could Be the Next Messaging App: What to Expect
Sources told 9to5Google that Google plans to merge two messaging apps and launch a new app. And it will be Meet that survives, while Duo dies. Such a thing might seem tough, but Meet has become hugely praised thanks to the pandemic situation. Video meetings received a powerful boost, an unexpected one.
According to a recent report, the change is a result of a management shakeup at the tech giant, with Duo, Messages, and the Android Phone app being placed under the care of Javier Soltero, the G Suite boss. Soltero reportedly announced employees that keeping Duo and Meet isn’t necessary.
Before Duo is removed (it could take up to two years), the goal is to bring its consumer functionalities across to Meet. Features such as end-to-end encryption, contacting users via the phone number, and 3D effects.
Internally, the merging is known as “Duet” (Duo and Meet), and Google really hopes the new app will be in perfect harmony, as the name suggests. 9to5Google believes such a move doesn’t sound harmonious, stating that the app “came as a surprise to the Duo team.”
More details about the fate of Google Duet should be released in the coming months.