During the lockdown, video conferencing services saw an exponential increase in their usage. All of them were used in a professional context, i.e. teleworking, but also to discuss with family and friends, because they could not find themselves in physics. While Zoom is certainly the most popular, all of its competitors have changed their offerings to be more attractive to the public. This is the case with Google Meet, whose platform was free for everyone a few months ago.
Google Meet is still unlimited until March 2021
When Google Meet launched its free offer, it announced that some of the services would be changed on September 30th. As a result, calls were expected to be limited to one hour for all users of the free plan. The functionality should be finished today.
Eventually, Google reversed its decision. Unrestricted access to calls at Meet has been extended to March 31, 2021 – also for the free version. This leaves time for all users who use the service for both personal and professional use. We can assume that this decision is based on the fact that many companies around the world are still teleworking where the health situation in many countries has not really improved. That way, some stick with Google Meet instead of turning to a competitor of the American company.
Samir Pradhan, Meet Group Product Manager, said that Google “ Keep helping those who rely on Meet keep in touch ”Knowing that the holidays are coming and that not everyone can travel to see loved ones.
In the post, Pradhan also mentions the recent introduction of new features to Google Meet. As we recall, the video conferencing platform now offers a noise cancellation system that eliminates background noise that can sometimes be annoying when making group calls from an Android or iOS mobile device. Lately it’s also possible to blur the backgrounds.