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You're Not Seeing Double: There Are 2 Google Meet Apps Now

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Google has started merging its Meet and Duo video-chat apps to create what the company calls a "single video communications service." Starting this week, Duo is getting an upgrade to include video calling and meeting capabilities.

Once fully rolled out later this year, the app's name and icon will also change to "Google Meet," featuring a camera in Google's familiar colors. "We have been doing this carefully, first adding Google Meet features to the Duo app, and now rebranding Duo to Meet," a company spokesperson tells PCMag. "And by the end of the year, [we'll] have everything in one web and mobile experience under Google Meet." Confusingly, the existing Google Meet is sticking around for a bit—now with different-color logos to help differentiate the new "Google Meet" from "Google Meet (original)," the latter of which will one day be put out to pasture, (alongside(Opens in a new window) Labs, Wave, Reader, and, soon, Hangouts).

If you're puzzled by the alterations (and, frankly, we all are a little), Google released a couple of help articles about changes to Duo(Opens in a new window) and the impact this has on various app icons(Opens in a new window).

One-to-one video calling app Duo launched in August 2016 as a FaceTime alternative for iOS and Android mobile users. Based on your existing phone number, it taps into your contact list and automatically adjusts call quality to changing network conditions—switching between Wi-Fi and cellular data without dropping the conversation.

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