The name Google Meet lands on the application formerly known as Google Duo
Google Meet (original), meet Google Meet (formerly Google Duo)
How many messaging apps does Google want this hour? I guess we can’t be ashamed of all the banal jokes we’ve made when the company seems to think that putting customers through the semi-permanent ordeal of transitioning between chat apps is an acceptable user experience. Hopefully that doesn’t spoil the merging of consumer-facing video messaging Duo with the Google Workspace Meet conferencing app. It’s a multi-step process that’s just getting started, and it looks like Google has moved on.
The APK Mirror app repository has accepted a submission for version 172.0.464862022.duo.android_20220724.16_p4 of the app that replaces Duo’s indigo logo and name with Meet and Google’s four-color camcorder icon. You can download the app with the link above (or seek additional help if you need it in one of our how-to guides).
For individual users, few changes. There’s a new sequence of start pages when you first open the “new” app, and a reminder prompt that prompts users to learn more on a Google Meet help page. Other than that, if you’ve used Duo for one-to-one encrypted video chats, you’ll now be using Meet. You will always receive calls via your phone number and, if you have it activated, your Gmail address.
If you sign in to “Google Meet (formerly Google Duo)” with a paid Google Workspace account, you’ll see the app’s interface as shown in the tweet above from Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii.
If you’re using the workspace-oriented Google Meet app, it will remain its own app for now and retain the changed “Meet (original)” moniker. However, this application will be deprecated at a later date.
If you receive the updated Duo/Meet app from the Play Store, you may see the app listed as “Google Meet (formerly Google Duo)”, but it’s pretty much the same app as before. We loaded up the new Duo/Meet app and were able to open it through the Google Play Store where it still fed the app to us as Google Duo. This may still be the case for most other users over the next few weeks as people on different tracks with different builds will update.