Google Meet: A Zoom Challenger

April 29, 2020

DarkCyber thought that Google Hangouts was the Zoom challenger. Wrong again it seems.

Google Meet will be rolling out in the near future, possibly now. Google’s Zoom is a digital place to hangout. Errr, no. Google Meet is a place to meet. There’s a difference, probably best understood by someone who used one of Google’s numerous chat applications. Meet seems to be another Google “me too” play, but apparently it’s a mature, deep, and unique way to hangout, I mean, meet.


According to “Google Meet Premium Video Conferencing—Free for Everyone”:

Today [April 29, 2020] , we’re making Google Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone, with availability rolling out over the coming weeks. We’ve invested years in making Meet a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments and enterprises around the world, and in recent months we’ve accelerated the release of top-requested features to make it even more helpful.

Okay, just get a Google account and anyone can use Google Meet. Will Google Meet be available in China? Russia? Errr. DarkCyber does not know.

Several points from the Google announcement:

  • Meet was available to G Suite customers. I am a G Suite customer, and I did not know there was a Google Meet. Hangouts, yes. Meet, no.
  • Meet will allow me to stream for up to “100,000 viewers within your domain.” What’s a domain? The write up does not say.
  • The write up says, “Free G Suite Essentials for enterprise customers.” Will there be a for fee service offering more than essentials.

Like many Googley announcements, the sizzle is evident. But does the steak have Zoomy features like animated backgrounds, transcripts, and a reasonably coherent interface.

Will Google Meet face the same fate as Shoelace? What? Who? Exactly.

PS. The Meet anigif is retro, even MySpacey.

Stephen E Arnold, April 30, 2020


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