Back in June, Google announced that it was merging Duo with Meet in a migration that’s currently underway. As part of that, Google’s first “Meet” app is now called “Meet (original)” with a different icon.

On Android, “Meet (original)” was previously called “Meet” (and “Hangouts Meet” at the beginning). The new name and green icon — which is somewhat of an homage to the Hangouts era — introduced with version 2022.07.10 is a result of the company planning to use the “Google Duo” app as the foundation for its latest video/audio messaging strategy.

Duo is being updated to get all of the enterprise video calling features you associate with a Zoom or Microsoft Teams competitor. This includes:

That said, Duo features like making calls via phone number or email address will remain, along with Google Assistant integration on devices like the Nest Hub Max.

The first phase of this transition is in process, but Google is keeping the “Duo” name until all functionality is moved over.

Once that is complete, “Google Duo” will be renamed to “Google Meet” and “Meet (original)” should disappear. That should take place “later this year.” This process makes sense from a logistics standpoint as Duo has over 5 billion downloads compared to 100 million for Meet. That app was mostly downloaded by enterprise users, which also have the option to use the Meet tab within the Gmail mobile apps.

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