Google Meet appears to be on its way to TVs, with an official app showing up on Samsung Smart TVs ahead of the official launch.
Video calling reached its peak in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a big part of everyday life for many. Google’s strategy for video calling, however, has been messy, to say the least. Several months ago, Google’s video calling app Duo was integrated into Google Meeting, which is now used for both personal and professional video calls.
During the pandemic, Google Duo expanded to TVs with an official app on Android TV OS, as well as an app on Samsung TVs. Google’s integration saw Android TV support added in 2020.
Now, it looks like the updated Google Meet experience is seeing a new release on Samsung TVs.
Samsung’s in-store listing of Tizen-powered smart TVs features the official Google Meet app with a brand new, remote-optimized interface for video calling. The new UI has a black theme as opposed to Duo’s white theme, and there’s a redesigned “new” page that shows all your contacts rather than recent calls. It’s a familiar and simple UI, nice to see on TVs.
There is currently no indication of when the Google Meet for Samsung TV will be available for users, but the unlisted status seems to indicate that it will be released soon.
Currently you can’t download the app, and the list also won’t show a list of compatible TV models. The Google Duo app for Samsung TVs had a limited range of compatible webcams, and was only available on new TV models (and excluding the popular “Frame” models). It would certainly be useful to have this app on the latest Samsung monitors, which include support for streaming apps and more.
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