Google quietly introduced a new enterprise friendly version of its Hangouts messaging service. Called Meet, the service is a dedicated video conferencing application for HD video meetings. It is the latest addition to Google s G Suite of apps. Although it is available for both desktop and mobile platform, at the time of writing, only the desktop version is accessible. Also Read - Google and Qualcomm invest $230 million in HMD GlobalAlso Read - Android phones can now detect and warn of earthquakes anywhere, except for China
Unlike the original Hangouts, Meet does not have any option to let you choose from phone call or have a text chat. Instead, it allows you to directly enter a meeting code to join it along with the calendar that shows you all the other meetings lined up. However, there is no option to schedule a call for a seamless connection. Also Read - Google People Cards feature lets users create virtual visiting cards; India the first market to get it
If you go to meet.google.com, the landing page will ask you to insert the meeting code, entering which you can immediately join the video call. Additionally, from the settings menu you can choose the video resolution from standard (360p) to high-resolution (720p). ALSO READ: More than 10 million Cardboard VR headsets shipped since 2014: Google
It is worth mentioning that the original Hangouts does not allow one to choose from the video resolution quality and neither does it show you scheduled meetings. Essentially, some of the features from the consumer-oriented messaging and video chat app have been kept intact in Meet. For example, Meet also offers group video calls but offers support for up to 30 participants, up from just 10 people in Hangouts. For large video conferences, there is a main window at the top that allows one to watch who s talking, followed by the list of participants screens and contact details, Tech Crunch notes.
Other features include dial-in numbers for those who are working out of office, one-click links to join meetings, and integration with Gmail and Calendar for G Suite users. It is further important to point that the dial-in numbers for meetings on-the-go are available only to G Suite Enterprise Edition customers. ALSO READ: Google s Android One makes its presence felt at MWC 2017 with GM6 smartphone
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