Google Meet is now free for Everyone

Google Meet is now free for Everyone

Google Meet is now free for Everyone

There is a good news for Google meet lovers. Google has announced upcoming features for its video call app Google Meet, in order to tempt users to switch away from popular options like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Zoom any many more.

Due to COVID19, we are connected through the virtual world. We used these applications more often these days to attend the classes, meetings, family events, and many more.  These applications have become an increasingly important part of our daily life. And Google Meet really wants to be our go-to solution.

Google Meet is the US search firm’s solution to the likes of Zoom and Blue Jeans. But while it started out as an enterprise solution only available to businesses or schools with G Suite accounts, Google has opened up Meet to everyone. Replacing Hangouts, Google Meet now also competes with consumer video call solutions, like Messenger, FaceTime and, of course, WhatsApp.

For starters, Meet can host up to 250 people at a time. That’s a lot of people  in a single call.

Businesses, schools, and other organizations can live stream meetings to 100,000 viewers within their domain.

While Zoom limits free accounts to 40-minutes at a time (you’ll need to pay a subscription fee to talk for longer, or have to kickstart a new call with the same people), Google Meet won’t enforce any limit for the time being. The free Google Meet option will be limited to 60 minutes – still more generous than the 40 minutes allowed by rival Zoom –when the time limit is enforced from September 30, 2020 onwards.

Google meet is now available free for everyone. Google has pledged to bring a number of new features, including noise cancellation to Android, iOS and online users.

Noise Cancellation

 As the name suggests, noise cancellation will remove any background sounds – like tapping on a keyboard, the soft hum of a desk-fan, or the rustle of a crisps packet during a mid-meeting snack. To do this, Google will use its clever AI to remove these troublesome sounds and add clarity to your voice. This all happens in the cloud, so shouldn’t be taxing on your laptop or phone – no matter how tired or underpowered it is.

In a blog post announcing the upcoming changes Google announced

                   “Working from home can present other challenges, such as surroundings you don’t want others to see, like toys on the floor or dogs playing behind you.And if you are from Desi families there is no room of privacy. In the coming months, we’ll make it easy to blur out your background, or replace it with an image of your choosing so you can keep your team’s focus solely on you.”

Customisable Background

Google Is bringing customisable backgrounds to its app. This feature is a staple of Zoom and lets users hide their messy rooms by using an image from their Photo library – or a stock snap of a beach – behind them. As well as customisable backgrounds, Google will also allow users to simply blur the view over their shoulders. That’s a feature that gained traction when it debuted on Microsoft Teams.

Hand raising

 Increase participation in larger meetings by enabling participants to “raise their hands” when they have a question or something to say.

Meeting attendance

 Give meeting hosts a simple way to see who attended their meeting.

Breakout rooms

 Make it easy for large meetings to split into smaller groups, have parallel discussions, and reconvene once finished.

Q&A

 Provide a channel for the audience to ask questions without disrupting the flow of the conversation.

Polling

 Engage participants in large meetings with real-time polling.

Additional moderator controls

Give meeting hosts additional controls for muting, presenting, joining, and more.

Jamboard

Jamboard by Google enables teams to creatively brainstorm from laptops, mobile devices, or from physical Jamboards. Later this year, we’ll bring the Jamboard collaborative whiteboard experience directly into Meet. Integrating Jamboard into Meet makes it easy for those who are remote to participate in brainstorming activities, but it also lets workers who are returning to the office whiteboard right from their laptop or mobile device.

Meeting room hygiene

While joining meetings on Google Meet hardware is as easy as a single tap on a touchscreen, the fewer surfaces an employee touches, the better it is for meeting room hygiene. That’s why, in the coming weeks, Hey Google voice control (currently in Beta) for Google Meet hardware will be generally available for ASUS and Logitech meeting room kits, making it easy to join and end a meeting with simple voice commands.

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