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Google’s Duo and Meet combo apps are rolling out for Android and iOS

In June, Google has announced that it is integrating Meet functionality into the Duo app – and this transformation begins today. Google isn’t technically getting rid of either app; Duo is rebranded as Meet with the functionality of both apps, and Meet remains Meet.

Yes, it sounds quite confusing, but at the end of this process, there will only be two apps: “Meet Original” (the standard Meet app that will eventually be phased out) and the new Meet that combines Meet and Duo. The combined application will allow you to conduct group and individual calls as well as organize meetings.

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.

This change adds another layer of complexity to Google’s network of messaging apps, but is a sign that Google is consolidating services it already has rather than just adding a new one. Earlier this year, Google has announced that it will shut down Hangouts in November in favor of Google Chat. Google also ended third-party support for Google Talk (aka GChat) last month.

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