Google Wants to Benefit from the Video Chat Hype

Since more and more people have to or are allowed to work in the home office and family and friends can only be seen to a limited extent, video chat platforms are currently experiencing an enormous influx.

All possible providers try to exploit this increase with great success. In addition to well-known platforms such as Skype and Facebook, other platforms such as Zoom or Houseparty have become significantly better known due to the corona crisis.Internet giant Google is also trying to snack on the cake and, from May, will provide free access to its own Google Meet platform.

Previously you had to be a G Suite member to have access to Google Meet, from May a Gmail account will be enough to register for the video chat platform free of charge. G Suite users have access to the Google Meet Premium account until the end of September. This enables conferences with up to 250 participants and live streams with up to 100,000 spectators to be started. These conferences can also be recorded and saved. While users of the free version cannot enjoy all of these benefits, Google Meet offers significantly more than other platforms.

Video conference with up to 100 participants available free of charge
Video conferences with up to 100 participants can be carried out using either the iOS or Android app. Conferences can be started directly from the Google Calendar and the layout will be very similar to that of Zoom. An automatic subtitle is also shown during the video chat. Google will also lift the 60 minute video conference limit for the free account by the end of September. This could make Google Meet a real alternative to Skype or Zoom, especially for home office users.

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Since more and more people have to or are allowed to work in the home office and family and friends can only be seen to a limited extent, video chat platforms are currently experiencing an enormous influx.

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