Google’s plan to consolidate its communication providers into Meet was imagined to (lastly) make issues less complicated and extra simple. It was meant to result in some sense and order for a corporation that has all the time overthought these things and made it confusing — to a really spectacular diploma. Earlier this month, the corporate rebranded its Duo video chat app as Meet and brought over Meet’s options. That left the unique, to-be-phased-out Meet app with a brand new “Meet (Original)” identify. It additionally made for an all-time nice headline.
But apparently, not all clients have been proud of Duo’s sudden identification change. With the most recent replace to the Meet app for Android, Google has brought back the unique Duo icon and identify as a separate shortcut that seems within the app launcher. Tapping on Duo opens Google Meet. So you’ve now obtained two methods of accessing the identical software.
Google told 9to5Google and Droid Life that it made this transfer deliberately so that customers would be capable to launch Meet by trying to find “Duo,” identical to that they had carried out earlier than it was rebranded. But the truth that this was even needed once more factors to an organization that has misplaced the thread on technique round these providers.
The Duo shortcut is perhaps useful to ease the transition, nevertheless it additionally opens the door to extra confusion — particularly when Google itself is telling everybody to “look for the Meet name and icon as your one app for video calling and meetings.” That’s not precisely the case anymore, now is it? We’re back to 2 icons and two names for a similar app. And if you happen to open up the multitasking view after launching Meet by way of the Duo shortcut, you’ll see Duo’s icon up prime like so:
Great job, everybody. No notes. Someday we’ll find yourself with simply Messages, Google Chat, and Google Meet in any case of this — sadly, with out the clear, easy FaceTime different that Duo as soon as was — however the highway there is proving fairly convoluted.
I’m actually glad it’s Friday.