Google Ramps Up Google Meet to Challenge Zoom
Posted on May 14, 2020
Google is using its Google Meet video conferencing app to challenge Zoom. Zoom has seen a major increase in use during the pandemic.
The Google Meet site says the premium video meetings service is now free for everyone. It can be used with your Google account. Google Meet was initially available only through the Google G Suite business service.
Google was unable to surpass Zoom with its Google Hangouts but Zoom has had plenty of security problems lately which gives Google a big opportunity to gain on its rival.
The Meet website notes recent features like creating and joining meetings through Gmail and a grid layout that lets you see up to 16 Google Meet participants. There is also a low-light mode for use on mobile devices.
A Forbes story notes that background noise cancellation and presenter features for sharing documents are a couple recent additions to Google Meet that may help it gain users in addition to security advantages.
Here's a video from Google about Google Meet being re-engineered and now free for everyone. Google says, "Over the last couple of months, we re-engineered the service we built for secure business meetings, Google Meet, to make it free and available for everyone."