It’s not really a disappearance, but rather a merger between two applications.
Since the various confinements, the appeal of video calling applications has increased sharply. In June, Google announced the merger of Google Duo with Google Meet to form a single application. This merger will mean that Google Meet will be the only service to offer video calls under the dome of the Mountain View firm.
“In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding all the functionality of Google Meet to the Duo app, so users can easily schedule a video meeting at a time that suits everyone or continue to use video calls to instantly connect. with a person or a group. Later this year, we will be renaming the Duo app to Google Meet, our unique video communication service on Google, available free to everyone” as Google explained last June. Note that for Google Duo users, it will not be necessary to download Google Meet, a simple update will suffice.
Google Meet, a complete application
First of all it is good to note that Google Meet is accessible for free and is already integrated into Gmail. However, there is also a paid version costing less than 10 euros per month and notably allowing access to online assistance and 100 GB of storage on Google Drive against only 15 GB for the free version.
Since 2020, Google has added over 100 features and improvements to its video calling app: “This included a more intuitive interface, virtual backgrounds and effects, live captions, and features that help people feel seen and heard, like automatic light settings and noise cancellation. We’ve also made improvements to quality and reliability, as well as introducing new moderation controls to help keep meetings safe and productive” as the Tech giant clarified in June.