When the Google Meet video calling app hit the world a little over a year ago many of us wondered what would happen to Google Duo. The possible answer came months later with the rumor that Duo would be absorbed by Meet, and that absorption seems to have just begun.
Until now Google offered with Meet a more professional and serious video calling application, so if we wanted to make more fun video calls with filters we had to resort to Duo, but as with the arrival of filters to Meet we see Google does not seem to want to continue maintaining two video calling applications for much longer.
As of today Google Meet for mobile, including its integration with Gmail, already allows you to have more casual and fun video calls thanks to its new filters, masks, and effects.
By clicking on the “Effects” icon, in addition to blurring the background or changing the background to an image, we can now add styles and filters to our video call. We find seven ‘styles’ that allow us to activate B&W filters, lens flare, or change the tone of the image, along with 25 masks that allow us to change our face for that of an animal or add complements or effects.
Google has not yet commented on the future of Duo, whose application has not received any news for almost a year now. With this latest move, it seems that the rumors of the absorption of Duo by Meet were true. Now we wait to see if the rest of Duo’s features come to Meet.