Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central
What is Google Meet?
Source: Nicole Johnston/Android Central
Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet) is part of Google's enterprise-level software offerings known as G Suite. As an enterprise product, G Suite is not a free service; rather, it is a paid service whose fees are based on the number of users in an organization.
While Google is planning on making a version of Meet available for free in direct response to the meteoric rise in popularity of services like Zoom, the version that non-enterprise users will be getting is scaled back in some areas. For example, free Meet sessions will be limited to one-hour increments, and features like dial-in phone numbers and the ability to record meetings will not be available in the free version.
It is worth noting that Zoom also has a free version in addition to its professional/enterprise level tiers. In fact, if you've participated on a Zoom call with friends and family, chances are you were using the free version. Zoom also holds back some of its more premium features for the paid tiers, so this practice is not uncommon.
Why do I need a Google Account?
Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central
According to Google, it's for your own good. Unlike some other video conferencing apps, Google Meet is a secure platform that is end-to-end encrypted, and any recordings made of Meet sessions are encrypted within Google Drive.
Google requires that you have an account to utilize its services like Gmail and Drive, and it can't, or won't, risk the encryption and security features of Meet that currently require account access. Now the good news is that many of you already have a Google account, and if you don't, it's free and easy to create one with any existing email address — personal or business. The other nice thing about having a Google account is that you can then create or join a Meet session directly from Gmail or Google Calendar.
This account requirement may provide an extra measure of security, but it could slow the adoption of Google Meet since anyone can create and join a Zoom session without first creating a Zoom account.
When can I use Meet, and for how long?
Google announced in a blog post in late April 2020 that it would be rolling out access to the free version of Meet over the following weeks, and that it hopes to have it widely available sometime in May 2020. As of this writing, the free use period is set to run out by the end of September 2020, though it is entirely possible that period could be extended if stay at home restrictions and work from home conditions remain in place.
Quick and easy way to hold video conferences
Google Meet is free to use with a Gmail account. You get more meeting tools with a G Suite subscription.
Mobile app for Meet
Hold meetings on the go
Downloading the Google Meet app lets you conduct business from anywhere on any mobile device.
These teleconferencing apps may actually improve meeting today and beyond
Meetings are almost always a hassle, especially if you are trying to hold a teleconference where there's more than just one or two attendees. Luckily, there are plenty of apps and services that make this a bit less of a headache, allowing you to get get the meeting up and running without any issues.
Use these messaging apps to keep up with your friends and family
With all our phones can do these days, communicating with them can sometimes be forgotten in lieu of games, videos, and practicing your selfie game. Get back in touch with your friends and family with these messaging apps. And some of these include some of those games so you can play along with whoever you're messaging.
These weather apps will help you decide if you should pack your umbrella
There are so many weather apps on the Google Play Store that it can be extremely tough finding the best one. But that's also the best part about having so many options as there is likely a weather app that is perfect for you and we have found the best to choose from.