Google launched and killed so many communication services and apps that it’s not even fun to joke about them anymore. Whenever a new one comes along, we inevitably wonder how long it takes for the company to bury its functions in something else, or just kill it altogether – and then bring something similar to the market a few months or years later.
Well, it’s time Google Duo got the ax. At least that’s what the sources say 9to5Google. Duo was launched many years ago with Allo, which was to be the text chat companion to Duo’s video chat functionality.
It always came as a surprise that Google overlooked the fact that people wanted to use an app for both text and video chatting, but in short, Allo had a very rapid decline, while Duo lived on so far, even adding support for group videos Calls (despite the conflict with the myopic name of the app).
And yet – Javier Soltero, the G Suite boss at Google, was responsible for consumer communication services back in May. And it looks like he doesn’t think Duo and Meet should coexist. So Meet will be Google’s only video calling service for both consumers and businesses.
Internally, this is referred to as a merger of the two services with the code name Duet (because Duo + Meet = Duet). The duo team was shocked by this development.
It’s unclear when Duo Sunset will be, apparently it could be up to two years before we get there. Before that happens, some of its features will be brought to Meet. Things like end-to-end encryption, 3D effects, and the ability to contact users by phone number make the cut.