In today’s funny turn of events that was most likely a bug, an update to Google Meet (formerly the Duo app) on Android brought back the Google Duo icon. Thus, you now have two ways to launch the same app.
In combining two video calling offers into one, Google considers “Meet” lasting brand. However, in terms of implementation, the Google Duo app remains on people’s phones and is updated with the home screen and new features of both services. This is because Duo has a much larger install base (5 billion vs 500 million).
Version 173 today brought back the Google Duo icon for a reason. Thus, you have Duo and Meet logo in your app drawer, with both working to launch a new unified Meet-Duo experience.
Renew: Google notified us tonight that it intentionally brought the Duo icon back with this update on Android. It’s meant to help people searching/typing “Duo” to launch apps. The company is working to make upgrades easier for end users.
This is a confusing turn of events
and most likely an error on Google’s part. For regular users of the service, the company has explained the transition through splash screens and prominent banners that you must interact with to remove.
That said, it’s possible the company saw enough confusion that this change wasn’t an accident. (People express their anger about this migration on Meet the list.)
Google hasn’t updated Duo Play Store List with brand new. The company also plans to update duo.google.com with the Meet branding. Meanwhile, the Meet app has green icon to indicate that it will eventually be removed for enterprise users, even though the original experience remains in Gmail as its own tab.
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