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Google rolls out a new video conferencing tool for G Suite business users

By Jos ยท 4 replies
Mar 1, 2017
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://static.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2017/03/2017-03-01-image.png" /></p> <p>Google has launched a new video conferencing app called <a href="https://meet.google.com/">Meet by Google Hangouts</a>, meant as a business-friendly alternative to the company&rsquo;s consumer-focused Hangouts app. The web and mobile application is the latest addition to Google&rsquo;s lineup of business products known as G Suite, allowing high-definition video meetings with up to 30 participants.</p> <p>The service looks pretty straightforward judging from its landing page &mdash; it lets you join a meeting by entering a code and shows you scheduled meetings, but you can&rsquo;t yet start a new conference from the site. For the iOS app you also have features like dial-in numbers for people who can&rsquo;t access the video stream, as well as integration with Gmail and Google Calendar.</p> <p>Google has yet to officially announce Meet, but it&rsquo;s likely we&rsquo;ll hear more about the service in coming days as the company is holding a major business user conference in San Francisco next week.</p> <p>The service is a direct competitor of other videoconferencing services like Skype for Business, WebEx. Amazon also jumped into the increasingly crowded market a couple of weeks ago with Chime, its own take on video conferencing for business users, which goes from $2.50 to $15 per user per month.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68348-google-rolls-out-new-video-conferencing-tool-g.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68348-google-rolls-out-new-video-conferencing-tool-g.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/68348-google-rolls-out-new-video-conferencing-tool-g.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    Plain Google Hangouts is supposed to be consumer focussed? That's news to me, I don't know anybody who uses it.
  3. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +299

    I guess it depends on the consumers email account. All my friends that have a gmail account use Hangouts religiously to chat and video conference, but our friends outside of google prefer to using skype.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,285

    I suppose it's different for everyone. Everyone I know uses Gmail but they also all use WhatsApp instead. If they used Hangouts, then I guess I would be forced to use it as well.
  5. Jos

    Jos TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    @Skidmarksdeluxe It depends on who you need to talk with, 99% of my contacts are on WhatsApp, but I also use Telegram with a few friends and family members.

    Although I don't 'chat' with anyone on Hangouts, I use it for the free calls to the U.S. and Voice integration. I don't live in the U.S. so having the ability to make and receive calls/SMS using a U.S. number from abroad can come in handy.
    Reehahs likes this.

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