Google’s constellation of online products has long confused me. There is/was Hangouts, Hangouts on Air, Hangouts Chat, Google Chat, Google Workspace, Google Spaces, Google Talk, Google Allo, Google Currents and probably other products that I forgot. Now, to make things more confusing, Google is renaming Duo and Meet even though it already has a product called Meet.
The Verge says it’s less confusing than it looks, but I feel as confused as ever:
If Duo is already installed, you won’t have to do anything. Last month Google rolled out a Duo update that adds Meet functionality, and today Google is rolling out an update to iOS and Android that will change the Duo logo to the Meet icon. By September, anyone downloading the Google Meet app will receive the new Meet/Duo combo. Google notes that duo.google.com will redirect to meet.google.com/calling over the next few months.
Now, if you’re a Meet user, you don’t have to do anything right now if you just want to continue using it as it’s always been without any additional Duo benefits. Google may eventually end support for the original Meet, so keep that in mind if you want to continue using the app as is. Google says it will notify original Meet users when they “need to migrate to the new app experience,” but doesn’t say when that will happen.