The Gmail app for Android (Android) and iOS has been upgraded this week to attract more than a billion users of Google’s (Google) mailboxes to its additional service – Google Meet, the company announced on its blog yesterday.
Google Meet is Google’s business-to-business video conferencing service, recently called Hangouts Meet. As a matter of course, it costs money and is only available to business G-Suite service users, but following the Corona crisis , in March it became free to business account holders, and last month also opened to regular Gmail users
At the same time, the company made the service accessible by making it available through a dedicated computer site , linking it to Gmail so that links to meetings received in Gmail or Google Calendar could be opened with a single click.
In the meantime, phone users who wanted to attend conference calls from their mobile device had to download the Google Meet app first – but now they can join meetings from the Gmail app without having to install a separate app.
Apart from being able to join meetings from the Gmail app, the company announced that in the coming weeks service users will see a tab at the bottom of their scheduled meeting schedule. However, given that the tab interface takes up screen space in the app, many may not find it necessary , But Google has promised that tabs can be turned off by logging in to account settings.
Google Duo up to 32 participants
But not only the business conferencing service is gaining special attention from the company: Last night , Google’s communications suite manager Snaz Ahari Lemelson announced that the Duo video calling service, originally intended to compete with FaceTime and its likes, now supports up to 32 users at the same time. This is an impressive upgrade, given that only about a year ago, he first got the chance to talk to more than two participants – when 8 conference calls were launched as an answer to the Israeli Houseparty – and only at the beginning of the Corona epidemic was the number upgraded to 12.
In doing so, Google is constantly raising other consumer communication apps, such as Whatsapp, which recently upgraded video calls from 4 to 8 participants; Both of these apps still lag behind Skype, which allows up to 50 participants. Facebook (Facebook) also recently launched a service called Messenger Rooms, which allows up to 50 participants, and yesterday announced that it now supports its Portal series devices. Business services, such as Zoom (Zoom), Google Myth, and Microsoft (Microsoft) Teams, support 100 participants at the same time, but the latter supports their on-screen display of only 9, and this is a recent upgrade. This week, she promised that another month would launch a trial version with an option for 49 participants on screen at the same time, and in the fall, this update will be available to all service users.