Last year, we passed along a rumor that called for Google to combine its two video chat apps into one. Duo, the service oriented toward consumer video chats, would be merged with Meet. The latter is Google’s video conferencing service that favors enterprise users.
Google’s plan was to create a single video app that could be used when sending out a simple “Happy Birthday” video message (with balloon animations added), or at the supermarket to show your spouse that the store shelves are absolutely out of toilet paper again. The same app would be used to get everyone working at home on the Anderson contract together on video to discuss whether any adjustments need to be made.
According to 9to5 Google, the name of the platform was going to be Duet, a combination of the first two letters in Duo and the last two letters in Meet. But the latest report says that Google is no longer looking to combine the two video chat services although it will still replace Duo with Meet. In other words, no longer has plans to offer a dedicated consumer-focused video service.
Sources said that last year when discussions were being held and the plans evolving, members of the Google Duo team were surprised that Google had decided to stop developing a dedicated video chat app for consumers.