Google Duo and Google Meet have been merged for almost a week. Google Duo has been renamed to “Google Meet” and the Google Meet app has been renamed to “Google Meet (Original)”. Additionally, the original Google Meet app now has a green icon to make it easier for users to tell them apart.
Initial speculation is that Google is trying to merge its professional and personal video calling apps into one. Google has also suggested using the new Meet app for a better combined video calling and meeting experience. However, it is still quite confusing for many users.
The new Meet app includes the best features of both apps. The 07/23/2022 beta release of the new Google Duo app initially hinted that some exciting features could be coming to the app. In early February this year, the live sharing feature on Google Duo was launched as a Samsung exclusive.
But now in August, the merged app will get the same feature as users can now enjoy videos, songs or games together in long meetings.
Google Meet users can now stream YouTube, Spotify and play games. That’s how it’s done
Google Meet users can now stream videos from YouTube and songs from Spotify, manage tasks with GQueues, and play games like Heads Up!, UNO! Mobile and Kahoot! during a meeting. This new feature can involve two to five participants in a collaborative activity.
Here’s how to use these brand new features
To stream YouTube, Spotify, play games or enjoy other newly added features, users need to follow the steps mentioned below:
- Update the Meet app to the latest version.
- Go to the three-dot menu.
- Go to the Activities tab (where the Q&A and Poll options are available).
- From this point, they can start any collaborative activity they want just by selecting the option. Icons of all available shared activities are displayed. For example, users must press the UNO! Mobile icon when they want to start the game.
However, it should be mentioned that Spotify currently only allows its premium users to use this group session feature, which also applies to Samsung device users. The group session feature is quite similar to Apple’s SharePlay, although SharePlay doesn’t allow users to stream from YouTube or Spotify.
SharePlay currently supports a large number of apps such as Apple TV+, TikTok, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, NBA, Twitch, TikTok, MasterClass, ESPN+, Paramount+, Pluto TV, Apple Fitness+ and Apple Music. The new Google Meet is also expected to expand its domain of supported apps in the future.
On the future of the new Meet app, Google said:
“We will continue to invest in providing more features for Google Meet to help people connect, collaborate and share experiences on any device, at home, at school and at work.”
Features like scheduled recurring meetings, virtual backgrounds, and in-meeting chats have also been built into the new Meet app. The new update will be available for all mobile and tablet devices by the end of August. Later, Google is expected to bring this change to other platforms as well.