After leaving its traces in 2016, with launch of Duo and Allo, Google is back with a new tool for enterprises - ‘Meet’. The new video conferencing tool is designed for high-definition video meetings.

Last year Google announced its plans to focus on Hangouts and introduced ‘Meet’ as a replacement to Google Hangouts. While Hangouts is a consumer focused tool for one-to-one chats, Meet is a tool for enterprises. Apart from video chat, it offers group video calls, like Google Hangouts. Meet claims to support high-definition video meetings with up to 30 participants and Hangouts gets limited to 10 people.

Adding applications to the discussion

The new video conferencing tool allows adding applications to the discussion

Applications available to add

You can add these in-built applications to the discussion

The tool Meet is available with new chat commands to mute audio or video, send inline private messages, open the profile of specified user in new tab. You can also share your screen with other participants during a video call and get a display of scheduled meetings with details like time, location, subject, attendees on the app’s main screen. To attend the meeting from your phone you can click a green “join” button which launches the video chat interface. Buttons also let you mute your call or switch off video.

New Chat Commands by Meet

The tool provides integration with Gmail and Calendar for G Suite users. The Google Meet’s site resembles the landing page of Hangouts. There’s also a feature, dial-in numbers for those who are traveling to join a call with a click (limited to G Suite users). However, the site does not have an option to place a call, to start or join a meeting you need to enter a meeting code.

Google recently acquired Sweden’s Lime Audio to improve its call quality. It seems they were looking to prime their product more professional for business users.

Google Meet is currently available only on its website meet.google.com.

This year witnessed the emergence of two real-time communication tools Amazon Chime and Google Meet. Hope to see more video conferencing platforms ahead. 

Published On: March 3, 2017