Reliance Jio is challenging Zoom, the most popular video conferencing service, with its own offering. Called JioMeet, the service was announced by Reliance Jio yesterday, and is already available on Google Play Store and App Store. The service has been available to a small set of users in the form of beta for over a month now. However, it is now being rolled out for a wider audience. Also Read - Reliance JioFiber faces network outage in parts of India
JioMeet takes on Zoom
Amid the anti-China boycott, Reliance Jio is making its video conferencing service available to Android and iPhone users. The company notes that JioMeet offers support for HD video conferencing. Like Zoom, it also supports up to 100 participants at once. The service does need a Meeting ID or invite link for others to join the call. On Play Store, the app seems to have been downloaded over 100 thousand times already. The service is not restricted to desktop platforms alone. Also Read - Reliance Jio finds 9th and 10th investment from TGP and L Catterton; Jio Platforms investment up to Rs 104,326.95 crore
For those who join from the desktop version, the service works like Zoom. You can click on the JioMeet Invite link and join from your browser. There is no need to download the application. Other features of the application include the option to schedule meetings and sharing screens with each other. The interface itself seems to be a direct copy of Zoom, including the blue accent. For now, the service is free of cost and there does not seem to be a paid tier. Also Read - Reliance Jio announces 1-year complimentary subscription to Disney+ Hotstar VIP
How to download and get started with JioMeet app
1: Go to Google Play Store or App Store on your iPhone and search for JioMeet application.
2: The application distributed by Reliance Corporate IT Park Limited should show on your search list.
3: Download the app and wait for it to get installed
4: Once downloaded, the sign up process is simple. You need to enter your mobile number, first name and last name.
5: Jio will send an OTP for verification and you can start using the video conferencing service.
Reliance Jio makes play for the digital natives in India
Reliance Jio is making JioMeet available to a wider audience at a time when video conferencing platforms have seen a spike in usage. While Zoom has emerged the default leader, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have also seen growth. JioMeet is entering this space to challenge the leading players. The announcement can be seen as part of Jio Platforms’ effort to expand its digital offerings and reach more consumers in the country. Jio Platforms has raised a total of $15.2 billion from Facebook and other PE investors.