Google Meet Gets Live Sharing Feature as Google Duo finally Retires. Google has never kept an inspiring track record when it came to messaging platforms that are offering multiple services and apps at the same time, much to the confusion of the users.
To be fair, the company actually tries to eventually consolidate those apps, but that would only work until it stumbles right onto the next amazing idea and repeats the cycle once again.
Google Meet Gets Live Sharing Feature as Google Duo Retires
Now, it seems like Google would be fully on board with RCS for text-based communication, even going as far as launching a campaign to pressure Apple into finally offering support to the protocol. When it comes to video chat, Google meet is being shaped into becoming one video calling service to rule them all, and it had begun the somewhat confusing process that would erase Google Duo’s existence from the internet.
Google Duo started as an obvious attempt to compete with Facetime offered by Apple, offering a much easy-to-use service for one-on-one video calls that worked well on both phones and computers.
It would be getting more features with time, features like group calls, but its major focus of nearly instantaneous video chats remained the same. With time, however, the need of people changed, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when video calls became quite complicated. Google Meet rose to be the standard bearer, taking on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, and it would no longer make sense for Google Duo to still be working or existing.
As of June, Google announce that it would essentially retire Google Duo, but in an almost roundabout way: it would be brought all of Google Meet’s Features right into Google Duo, but would also be rebranding Google Duo to Google Meet. Well, the work started not so long ago.
Google Meet gets New Features
While Google Duo started disappearing from mobile phones, Google Meet started gaining quite some new features that would help make group meetings even less stressful, Google announced on its blog. To begin with, you can instantly start a video call with a group, a convenience that Google Duo was Known for as long as the contact is in one address book. You get to select your background right before you jump right on a call, and once you are inside, you would have all of the Meet facilities available, which include chat and captions.
The bigger news here is that Google Meet would be getting a live sharing functionality that would allow participants to become more active in a call. Everyone would be able to control a YouTube video or even help curate a Spotify playlist – this can even become quite useful for making interactive video calls, like when playing games during an ice breaker. Of course, that would also work for the less fun content being shared, like presentations and other interactive content.
Google Duo Users
Google Duo users should not be surprised that the app would be changing its name and icon to Google Meet. This new Meet app would carry all of the original Meet’s features and Duo’s unique functions, like making instant video calls and making use of people’s phone numbers or email addresses.
Google Meet Users, on the other hand, can keep on using the existing app, the name, and icon of which would become Google Meet(original). Users, however, are advised to make use of the updated Meet app instead if they want to have the combined powers of Meet and Duo right at their fingertips.