The Google Duo icon returns to Android

In a fun turn of events today that’s probably a bug, an update to Google Meet (previously the Duo app) on Android brings back the Google Duo icon. As such, you now have two ways to launch the same app.

By consolidating its two video calling offerings into one, Google considered “Meet” to be the surviving brand. However, in terms of implementation, the Google Duo app is the one that stays on people’s phones and is updated with a new home screen and features from both services. This is because Duo has a much larger installed base (5 billion vs. 500 million).

In early August, an update (172) began rolling out that replaced the blue Duo icon and introduced the four-color Meet version. After updating and opening the app, Duo disappears from the launcher.

Today’s build 173 brings back the Google Duo icon for some reason. As such, you have the Duo and Meet logos in your app drawer, with both working to launch the new unified Meet-Duo experience.

To update: Google tells us tonight that it intentionally brought back the Duo icon with this update on Android. It is intended to help people who search for or type “Duo” to launch the app. The company is working to make the upgrade easier for end users.

It’s a puzzling turn of events. and most likely a mistake on Google’s part. For regular users of the service, the company has already explained the transition through a prominent home screen and a banner that you must interact with to remove it.

That said, it’s possible the company is seeing enough confusion that this change isn’t an accident. (People are expressing their anger at this migration on the Meet list.)

Google has yet to update Duo’s Play Store listing with the new branding. The company also plans to update with the Meet brand. Meanwhile, the Meet app has a green icon to indicate it will eventually be removed for business users, though that original experience remains in Gmail as its own tab.

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