According to a new rumor, Google is already considering shutting down Duo to make room for Meet, the video conferencing service that has become very popular during the pandemic.
Prior to this year, Google Meet was a tool for professionals in the firm's productivity suite. But during the pandemic, video conferencing services have become extremely popular and recently Google decided to make Google Meet easily accessible. Currently, Meet can be used for free by anyone with a Google Account. The Mountain View firm has also decided to make this tool accessible from the Gmail application, so that access is easier.
Today we learn that Google may even shut down its other video calling service, Google Duo, in order to make Meet its main product in this area. This is indicated by the 9to5Googlesite, which relays sources close to the case. Meet's success during the pandemic would encourage Javier Soltero, the head of messaging applications at Google, to bring it to the fore.
This manager would also think that it does not make sense to offer users both Google Meet and Google Duo. The plan could take several years, however. And before announcing the end of Duo, Google could gradually transfer the functionality of Duo to Meet.
But for the moment, officially, Google reassures about the future of the Duo application:
“We are fully invested in Duo, which has seen amazing growth during the pandemic. People around the world are relying on video calls more than ever before, and we have no plans to cut them off. We will continue to invest in creating new Duo features and providing a pleasant experience for our users, customers and partners. We put the Duo organization under the leadership of Javier Soltero in May, and it follows that we are looking for ways to improve our video calling products at the same time, ” said a spokesperson.
Google is used to having duplicates, and killing applications
At Google, it is not uncommon to have several applications for the same use, or for similar uses. For example, although there was already the Google Play Music app for listening to music, the internet giant launched YouTube Music. And it was only recently that Google finally decided to terminate the Google Play Music app, and require users of this app to transition to YouTube Music.
Google has also allowed a classic version of its Google Sites service to coexist for a long time, with a more modern version that benefits from better integration with G Suite. But recently, Google finally announced the end of this classic version of Google Sites.
Remember also that in addition to Google Meet and Google Duo, there is yet another video conferencing application from Google: Hangouts. Which therefore makes three dedicated services for identical functionality. We don't know what will happen to it.