Google Meet is being revamped!
It is quite rare to witness Google fiddling with the second spot in terms of features but that is exactly where Zoom has managed to bring the tech giant as it plays catch-up. Google confirmed on Thursday that it will be incorporating a Zoom-style gallery view for its video-chat products later this month.
However, as per Reuters, this feature will only be rolled out on Google Meet. Google Meet is a completely standalone service from the famous Google Hangouts. It is a paid enterprise service that focusses on businesses. The most inexpensive G Suite tier that allows you to gain access to Google Meet sets you back $6 a month, per user. The more popular version costs $12 per month, per person. In a nutshell, you will be paying for a feature that competitors like Zoom are offering for free to their users.
On the other hand, let’s not forget the vulnerabilities that Zoom has and the chaos that it has caused. 500,000 zoom accounts are also being sold on the dark web! Furthermore, Google has already banned its employees from using Zoom on the company’s computers. It makes sense that Google is rolling out the same feature. Google Meet will only be able to support up to 16 people simultaneously in the gallery view.
Keeping in view the unique demands that have sprung up because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google announces that ‘advanced Google Meet video-conferencing capabilities’ will be provided to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers up until 30th September 2020. Schools are trying to work their way around ‘zoombombing’. They are also struggling with different Zoom privacy issues and Google’s offer sure brings glad tidings during this time.
For those of you that want to try the new feature without having to pay for this feature; rejoice! for you can opt for a 14-day free trial. The company says, ‘Get started with a free 14-day trial of G Suite or contact sales. After the trial ends, you can pay by credit card, or depending on the location of your business, you may also pay by direct debit’. We would suggest that you abandon ship before your trial is over otherwise you will have to pay against each email-address.