Google announces that Google Meet is free for everyone. Google Meet is part of the G Suite productivity solution for schools and enterprises but is now free for all. This news comes only days after Facebook’s launch of Messenger Rooms.
Previously, you could join Google Meet calls but they had to be initiated by someone with a G Suite account. Now, anyone can start a Google Meet call and invite others as well. Furthermore, Google Meet is undergoing integration with Gmail as well.
Many video-calling and conferencing apps are witnessing the highest spike ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are relying on them to stay in touch with their family members and friends. Simultaneously, companies are relying on them to communicate with their employees. Zoom is enjoying massive growth but it seems it won’t last for too long.
Google says in its blog post that Google Meet is free for everyone. This will come into full swing within the next few weeks. Google explains on its blog, ‘Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including an expanded tiled view’.
Google further says that meetings are limited to 60 minutes if you are in the free Meet tier. However, this limit will not come into effect until 30th September. Until the said date, G Suite customers will also be able to enjoy the advanced features. Those features include live-streaming to 100,000 viewers within a domain.
Google Meet Growth During COVID-19
Google further claims that it is adding three million users each day and the peak daily usage is growing by 30 times since January. Smita Hashim, the Director of Product Management at Google Cloud, says, ‘With COVID, video conferencing is really becoming an essential service and we have seen video conferencing usage really go up. We are accelerating what we are doing, given the crisis, and given the need for video conferencing at this point.’