Google’s Meet App Is a Success on the iOS App Store
Google’s Meet is a free, cloud-based video-conferencing service aimed at businesses and organizations. It features easy setup and integration with other applications and websites, and the user can add as many participants as they like. During a video meeting, the user can easily switch between the layouts by clicking the three dots at the bottom of the screen. During a meeting, users can share their screens, turn on live captions, and send text messages.
At launch, Meet was an invite-only service, but Google only announced it last September. When it launched, the app didn’t have Meet branding on it, so it was hard to tell if it was a beta version. However, the app was a success and was released yesterday on the iOS App Store. Since its launch, Meet has grown by a factor of 30 during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. At the time of this writing, the app has over 100 million users and is the number two business communications app, Zoom, was sitting at two billion daily users.
The app is still a beta, and it’s not yet available for everyone. In the meantime, a beta version of Meet is available on the iOS App Store. Although the service is currently limited to the United States, it’s worth noting that the free version of Meet has a 60-minute limit for video calls. Despite the limitations, Google has been transparent about the privacy and security measures it implements. For instance, video calls are encrypted in transit and the host controls are all in place.
After the initial announcement, Meet’s release on the iOS App Store has been met with mixed reactions. Some critics have said that Meet isn’t an improvement over Hangouts, but it’s still worth a try. And Google has laid out some default privacy protections. The app includes complex meeting codes and encryption in transit. Earlier this year, Zoom was the only major competitor to Meet, and its popularity spiked after the coronavirus lockdown in December 2015. During the same period, it experienced a surge in users, but had a problem when uninvited guests “Zoombombed” meetings.
Meet is an enterprise-friendly version of Google Hangouts, but it wasn’t officially launched until February 2017. Its iOS app was first released with no branding, but it is now available to all. As of April 2020, Meet’s popularity is already high compared to its competitor, Zoom. The app is available for both iPhone and Android users. It’s also available in the iOS App Store for free. The iOS app is not available on Google’s website yet, but its iOS version was launched on the same day.
Meet is an enterprise-friendly version of Google Hangouts. In September, Google announced that it was releasing a team-friendly version of Hangouts, but it didn’t have any branding then. The Meet iOS app, which launched on the Apple App Store yesterday, is now available to businesses in the U.S. and Ireland. The app has already been downloaded by more than 100 million people. It was the first to be available for free.