Google brought Duo back (kind of) because its transition to Meet is so confusing

Google’s plan to consolidate its communication services into Meet was supposed to (finally) make things simpler and more straightforward. It was meant to bring some sense and order to a company that has always thought too much about these things and made them confusing, to a truly impressive degree. Earlier this month, the company rebranded its Duo video chat app as Meet and brought back Meet features. That left the original Meet app, which will be phased out, with a new name “Meet (Original)”. He was also an all-time great starter.

But apparently, not all customers have been happy with Duo’s sudden identity change. With the latest update to the Meet app for Android, Google has brought back the original Duo icon and name as a separate shortcut that appears in the app launcher. Tapping Duo opens Google Meet. So now you have two ways to access the same app.

google said 9to5Google Y droid life that he intentionally made this move so that users could launch Meet by searching for “Duo”, just as they had before the name was changed. But the fact that this was necessary again points to a company that has lost the thread of strategy around these services.

The Duo shortcut can be helpful in making the transition easier, but it also opens the door for 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.” That’s not exactly the case anymore, is it? We are back to two icons and two names for the same app. And if you open the multitasking view after launching Meet through the Duo shortcut, you will see the Duo icon at the top like this:

Google Meet with a Google Duo icon on top. It makes total and complete sense.
Screenshot by Chris Welch/The Verge

Great job, everyone. no notes One day we’ll end up with just Messages, Google Chat and Google Meet after all this, sadly without the clean and simple FaceTime alternative that Duo once was, but the road is proving pretty bumpy.

I’m so glad it’s Friday.

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