To tap the ongoing lockdown, Google has officially rolled out the Google Meet for everyone. Even, Google is planning to integrate Meet into Gmail directly. With the roll out of Google Meet, the tech giant plans to take on Zoom, the video conferencing platform that became increasingly popular during the lockdown.
Javier Soltero Vice President & GM, G Suite said in a blog “We’ve re-engineered Google Meet, originally built for secure business meetings, to make it free and available to all. Since making Meet’s advanced features free for all G Suite and G Suite for Education users in March, we’ve seen daily usage grow by 30x, with Meet hosting 3 billion minutes of video meetings daily.”
Anyone who has a Gmail account can sign up and start a video call at meet.google.com, for free. “To make meetings even more accessible and helpful, in the coming days you’ll also be able to use Meet directly in Gmail,” the Google blog read.
Here’s how you can start a video meeting on Google Meet app:
—Download the Meet app from PlayStore or AppStore
—After opening the app, tap on the plus icon to start a meeting or enter a meeting code, if you have been invited to join by some other user
— Fill all the necessary details and Tap on the Join Meeting option given there
—Schedule meetings by opening the Google Calendar app
The new Google Meet has some advanced features like scheduling and sharing screen, real-time captions, and layouts that you can choose as per your requirement, an expanded tiled view—that gives a better view of the people connected through the app.
In order to make Google Meet more accessible to people with hearing loss, Google had implemented AI-powered automatic live captioning.