Google’s plans to consolidate its communications services into Meet should (eventually) make things simpler and easier. It’s meant to give understanding and order to a company that’s always overthinking this and confusing it — to a truly impressive degree. Earlier this month, the company renamed Duo video chat app to Meet and brings Meet features. That leaves the original Meet app to be phased out under the new “Meet (Original)” name. It also made the big headlines of all time.
However, as it turned out, not all customers were happy with Duo’s sudden change in identity. With the latest update to the Meet app for Android, Google has bring back the original Duo icon and name as a separate shortcut that appears in the app launcher. Tapping Duo will open Google Meet. So you now have two ways to access the same app.
Google notified 9to5Google and Droid Life that Google did this on purpose to allow users to launch Meet by searching for “Duo,” as they had done before the name was changed. But the fact that this even needs to point once again to a company that has lost a common thread in the strategy around this service.
The Duo shortcut might help to ease the transition, but it also opens the door to more confusion — especially when Google itself tells everyone to “look for the Meet name and icon as your only app for video calls and meetings.” It doesn’t happen anymore, now does it? We return to the two icons and two names for the same app. And if you open the multitasking view after launching Meet via the Duo shortcut, you’ll see a Duo icon at the top like so:
Good job, everyone. No note. Someday we’ll end up with just Message, Google Chatand Google Meet after all of this—unfortunately, without the clean and simple FaceTime alternatives like Duo used to be—but the road there is proving quite convoluted.
I’m so glad it’s Friday.