Google tidying up it’s offerings.

After much rumours regarding the place of ‘Duo’ in the Google communications line up there is an announcement by Google that they’re pretty much going to do what every else expected them to do – merging Duo and Meet into a single product (link). I can’t help but get the feeling that what we’re seeing is what I speculated where the ‘productivity applications’ (for the lack of a better term) are now falling under the stewardship of the Workspace team. Regarding consumers, if consumers want to use Meet and Chat then great, but Google aren’t going to bend over to make ‘customer friendly’ version when the reality is that most customers are happy to use ones designed for the enterprise – see the consumer uptake of Microsoft Teams as an example that.

The other thing to keep in mind is the recent overhaul of their payment and wallet services, Movies and TV are being merged (I remember posting it either on my Reddit or Twitter account last year) so I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up seeing a rebranding of the PlayStore to something like the Google Store into something like what Microsoft has which will sell apps, games and hardware which will bring all the acquisitions under one roof and simplify the distribution of physical products. It’ll be interesting to see whether this time line is sped up as the likelihood of Google being broken up increases – that is assuming that ‘The Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act’ (link) is passed by the senate. The senate has a habit of ‘talking a good game’ but then suddenly killing the bill in the middle of the night with the public left wondering, “I wonder what happened to that bill?” and the media never following up on why it never passed.

Chromecast with Google TV is finally officially coming to New Zealand on 22 June 2022 (link) – 2 years after it was officially launched in the United States. It’ll be interesting to see whether this is a signal that more Google branded hardware will be coming to the shores of New Zealand in the future such as the Pixel phone range – at the moment the only option for anyone seriously considering a flagship Android phone is Samsung. When it comes out in NZ I’ll pick it up – the software that comes with Samsung TV’s is pretty lousy at the best of times.

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