Google Meet appears to be on its way to TVs, and the official app appears on Samsung Smart TVs ahead of the official launch.
Video calling peaked in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but for many, it’s still a huge part of everyday life. However, Google’s video calling strategy was somewhat sloppy to say the least. Over the past few months, Google’s popular Duo video calling app has been merged with Google Meet, which is now used for both personal and professional video calling.
During the pandemic, Google Duo expanded to TVs with the official Android TV OS app, as well as Samsung’s smart TV app. Android TV support also appeared on Google Meet in 2020.
It seems that the renewed Google Meet service has got a new version on Samsung smart TVs.
Samsung’s app store for smart TVs with Tizen technology has the official Google Meet app with a brand new, remotely optimized video calling interface. The new UI has a dark theme as opposed to the raw white Duo theme, and a refreshed “new call” page that shows all your contacts, not just recent calls. It’s a familiar and simple user interface that works great on televisions.
At the moment, there is no indication as to when Google Meet TVs for Samsung may be released to users, but the non-public status seems to indicate that it will be released sooner rather than later.
At the moment, you can’t download the app, and there won’t be a list of compatible TV models in the list. The Google Duo app for Samsung TVs had a limited list of compatible webcams, and was also only available on newer TV models (excluding the popular “The Frame” brand models). It certainly could use this app on Samsung’s latest smart monitors that integrate support for streaming apps and more.
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