There is fierce competition in the video conferencing industry right now during a pandemic situation. In addition to the announcement of lockdown, Zoom App, a video meeting service has gained popularity and leading some of the top companies to realize the market potential. Now Google's premium video conferencing service Google Meet, is available to everyone for free. Meetings are free of charge in many countries and the service will be launched within few weeks.
Smita Hashim, Director, Product Management, Google Cloud said, "With Google Meet becoming free for everyone, individual users will be able to host meetings with up to 100 participants and the meeting length is going to be 60 minutes, but we are not enforcing it until September 30. Meet is secure and reliable and overtime and we expect our Hangouts users to switch to Google's Meet. We make certain essential services free. For Google Meet, we do not have plans to monetize it. We hope video conferencing will continue to be an essential service."
Since January, Google's daily use of Meet's increased more than 30 times. Google's Meetings take 300 million minutes every day. The total number of subscribers reached 30 million daily. The total number of users of the Google's Meet this week has reached 100 million. Beginning next week, we’ll be gradually expanding its availability to more and more people over the following weeks. This means you might not be able to create meetings at meet.google.com right away, but you can sign up to be notified when it’s available,” informed Javier Soltero, Vice President & GM, G Suite.
In Google's Meet, unknown users (without a Google Account) to join meetings created by individual accounts. “Through September 30, we’re providing G Suite Essentials and all of these advanced features free of charge,” Google added.