Google Meet appears to be on its way to TVs, with an official app appearing on Samsung Smart TVs ahead of the official launch.
Video calling peaked during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a huge part of everyday life for many. Google’s strategy around video calls, though, has been a bit chaotic, to say the least. Over the past several months, the hugely successful video calling app Duo has been integrated into Google Meet, which is now used for both personal and professional video calls.
During the pandemic, Google Duo is expanding to TVs with an official app on Android TV OS, as well as an app on Samsung Smart TVs. Google Meet also saw Android TV support added in 2020.
Now, it appears that the renewed Google Meet experience is seeing a new release on Samsung’s smart TVs.
The listing on the Samsung App Store for Tizen Smart TVs officially shows Google Meet with an all-new and improved remote interface for video calling. The new UI has a dark theme in contrast to Duo’s stark white look, and there’s also an updated New Call page that shows all your contacts instead of just your recent calls. It’s a familiar and simple user interface, which is great to see on TVs.
There’s no indication at the moment when Google Meet will roll out for Samsung TVs to users, but the unlisted status seems to indicate that it will be released sooner rather than later.
At the moment you cannot download the application, and the list will also not display a list of compatible TV models. Google Duo app for Samsung TVs has a limited list of compatible webcams, as well as only available on newer TV models (except for the brand’s popular “The Frame” models). It would definitely be easy to have this app on modern Samsung smart screens, which integrates support for streaming apps and more.
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