Introduced Google Duo integration with Meet [U]

At the beginning of last month, Google announced that Duo would become Meet and add all of its features over the coming months. Google Duo Meet integration is now rolling out on Android.

Update 8/1: In recent days, the Google Duo-Meet integration has been rolling out extensively. All of the devices — running Android and iOS version 170 — that we checked today feature a “Duo gets better and better” card at the top of the new Home screen.

Along with the new History section, tapping on FAB reveals the two new calling options, while you get a privacy overview before you make your first call.

This availability comes with Google updating the original Meet app with a new green icon and now refers to it as “Meet (original)” on Android.

The next step will see the Duo app renamed to ‘Google’ Meet with the existing code/branding. This change will occur later in the year.


Original 7/11: After updating to the latest version (169.0.459621665.duo.android_20220612.16_p6), a few users see the “Duo is getting better” card just below the search field. This is far from widespread. Google links to this support article to learn more.

Your Duo will become Meet, with a new name and icon, and more features like background effects

After clicking on the FAB (floating action button), which drops “Call” and just says “New”, you now have the “Create New Meeting” and “Schedule in Google Calendar” options that originated from Google Meet.

The latter is something Google says consumers are increasingly looking forward to, while enterprise users want instant, one-click calls. A click basically opens the Google Calendar creation experience with a pre-populated Meet URL.

Meanwhile, the Create New Meeting option provides a meet.google.com link with options to copy, share, and join meeting. This meeting will appear on the modified home screen under the new Meetings section, which will also list any scheduled events from your calendar.

Before starting a meeting with the new app, Google displays a privacy page indicating the move away from end-to-end encryption (E2EE). [Update: Google says 1:1 calls and group video that you start by ringing directly still “uses end-to-end encryption to mask data with a code that only you and the other callers have access to.” However, “Meet Meetings in the Duo app” that are accessed via links leverage “cloud-encryption measures.”]

  • Meet uses cloud encryption to keep your conversations private. Other than end-to-end encryption, cloud encryption allows you to use more features like chat and live annotations.
  • Your Google account name and pronouns will appear to others on the call.
  • People you’ve previously blocked in Duo can join calls in Meet.

So far, we’ve only received one report on this rollout. Google previously told us that the integration process will be closely monitored so that users are not left behind or see quality deterioration. What’s starting to happen today with Duo getting current Meet features is Phase 1. This includes virtual backgrounds, meeting text chat, real-time closed captions, and up to 100 (of 32) participants.

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