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An update makes the merger between the Google Duo and Google Meet apps even more confusing. And it’s not due to an error or a bug.

The merger between Google Duo and Google Meet remains confused // Source: Frandroid

Hold on tight, here’s a new story that only Google has the secret to. The Californian giant offers us a new source of confusion on its communication applications. This time, it is Google Duo and Google Meet who are paying the price.

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Remember, in an effort to unify the company’s too many video calling platforms, Google Duo and Meet have merged. There already, the confusion was in order since, in fact, Meet disappeared so that Duo could update itself and become Meet. This little logistical gymnastics was explained by the fact that Google wanted to favor Meet, but that Duo was much more widely installed on smartphones.

In early August, following an update, the Google Duo icon, a blue background with a white camera inside, was erased to leave the field open to the new Google Meet icon, a four-color camera . This is harmonized with the design of the rest of the Workspace suite.

A new Google imbroglio

Except that an even more recent update deploys version 173 of Google Duo. However, the latter brings back the Google Duo logo on the phones and things take a strange turn when we realize that it coexists with the Google Meet icon while the two launch the exact same unified Duo and Meet application. You follow ?

Google Duo Meet and Classic Meet
The Google Duo icon launches the same app as Google Meet, but not the same as Meet (classic) // Source: Frandroid screenshot
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Very good, because it’s not over: some end up with a Google Duo icon and of them Meet icons, the newest and the old one still all green with the words ” classic ” in parentheses. This is what happens, for example, in the drafting of Frandroid on a Pixel 6a running Android 13 and a Galaxy S22 Ultra running Android 12.

In summary, after the update, you have three apps on your phone:

  • the Google Duo icon which launches the Google Meet app with the Google Duo icon in multitasking;
  • the Google Meet icon which launches the Google Meet app with the Google Duo icon in multitasking;
  • the old Google Meet icon that launches the “classic” service of Google Meet.

Google does it on purpose, literally

In short, it is anything but clear. We could believe in yet another bug, but Google declares to 9to5Google that this is a voluntary initiative. This update is supposed to help people who routinely search for ” Duo to launch the application. ” The company is working to make upgrading easier for users “Writes the specialized media.

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We hope that a solution will be found quickly, because the vagueness persists. Fortunately, launching the new unified application for the first time, we come across a screen that clearly explains that Duo becomes Meet.

As for the application classic to the green icon of Meet, we can assume that it will gradually be oriented towards uses related to the world of work.

All of this does nothing to help the already damaged reputation of the multinational on the management of its messaging and communication applications. The chaotic history of Google Chat, Google Talk or Google Allo continues to leave traces. And let’s avoid talking about the social network dimension with Google+.


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