Our usage of video communications to connect with friends and family, learn new things, mark milestones, and even welcome new family members has increased and deepened over the past few years.
We have made significant investments in Google Duo and Google Meet in order to support the millions of users who rely on our technology for video chats and meetings. We’ve added new capabilities including group calls for up to 32 people, the addition of doodles, masks, and entertaining effects with family mode, as well as video chatting on tablets, foldable, smart devices, and TVs for those who use Duo as their cross-platform video calling app. Additionally, since making Google Meet open to everyone in 2020, we’ve added more than 100 features and enhancements.
This consists of a more user-friendly interface, virtual backgrounds and effects, live subtitles, and tools like noise cancellation and auto-light adjustments that make people feel seen and heard. We’ve also included additional moderation controls, enhanced quality, and dependability, and improved quality and reliability to help make meetings safe and effective. Millions of people utilize video meetings for events like game nights, parent-teacher conferences, and get-togethers of their community groups in addition to using it for business meetings.
We’re updating the Duo experience to incorporate all Google Meet features as part of our ongoing commitment to assisting people in staying connected and adapting to changing user needs. Users will have a single solution for video calling and meetings with people from different walks of life thanks to this integrated experience.
One Cohesive Response
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be integrating all of Google Meet’s features into the Duo app so users can simply arrange a video meeting at a time that suits everyone or keep using video calling to speak with someone or a group right away. Later this year, we’ll rebrand the Duo app as Google Meet, our single, cost-free video communications service offered throughout Google.
Existing Duo video calling features, such as the ability to call friends and family by phone number or email address, apply entertaining filters and effects, send messages, and request Google Assistant to call using current devices, are still available. There won’t be a new app to download, and all chat history, contacts, and messages will still be preserved in the current app.
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Features for improved video calls and meetings
Users of Duo will now have access to improved features that were previously only available on Meet, in addition to new methods to connect, to help them make the most of their time together. Some of these improvements include the following:
- Alter the virtual backdrops used in meetings and calls
- Meetings should be scheduled so that everyone can attend at their convenience.
- For greater engagement, use in-person messaging
- Live-sharing content allows for engagement with all callers.
- Get real-time closed captions to increase engagement and enhance accessibility.
- Increase the number of participants in video calls from the existing maximum of 32 to 100.
- Sync with other applications, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages, and others.
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Everyone gets one experience
We’re thrilled to combine our video calling and meeting technologies into a single, potent, and user-friendly service as part of our aim to create a connected experience for all users. We put a lot of emphasis on video communications, and you’ll see that we’ll keep investing in Google Meet to make it easier for people to connect, collaborate, and share experiences on any device, at home, at school, and at work.
We are dedicated to making the switch from Duo to Meet as seamless as we can. Please go to our Help Center for additional details.