Google is currently rolling out Google Meet to users, integrating it on Gmail. It is the search giant’s video conferencing service which was a part of their of their G Suite.
The new feature is available for free on Gmail for everyone with a Google account. It can be accessed on the left side panel of Gmail on your browser of choice (not on the app). It allows up to 100 people to meet for as long as they want.
Meet comes with privacy controls, something Zoom lacked. Users can’t just join any meeting group. They need to be logged in to Google. Plus, if they try to enter a meeting group, they would still need the permission of the host to join.
Not everyone will get service immediately. I have three Gmail accounts and its only available on one account right now.
Google will face two huge players in the video conferencing space, notably Facebook’s Messenger Rooms and Zoom. But they have an advantage with their huge customer base. Moreover, they have experience with chat apps such as in Hangouts, Duo, and the defunct Allo.