Free mobile video conferencing app
In this age of technology, businesses and organizations are no longer hindered by global boundaries. This is thanks to applications that help connect people no matter where they are. Among those tools, are online conferencing tools and Google Meet is among the most popular ones available today. It is a free yet enterprise-grade video conferencing tool that allows you to connect with up to 100 participants and meet for up to 60 minutes.
App features and utilities
Before it gave various other video calling apps a run for their money, Google Meet was only available to G Suite subscribers. However, given the tough competition from Zoom, Google made it free for everyone. The productivity app comes packed full of features. Three areas stand out: mobile conferencing, video chat, and integration with other Google apps.
Also worth noting is the frictionless interface that allows you to set up a meeting by sending out an invite link. More than the easy meeting setup, the app extends its video calling capabilities with various other tools. It has the basic screen sharing feature that allows you to share documents and slides during a meeting. Also, there is a text-based chat and live-polling option for participants.
As noted, the platform seamlessly synchronizes with G Suite, enhancing connectivity and collaboration. Should you wish to ensure that you did not miss any part of your conversation, the app offers a call recording function and save it on your Google Drive account. More, it has Google’s speech-to-text technology so you can enjoy real-time captions.
Usage & performance
Google Meet does not require third-party access although, unlike the web version, you need to install it on your phone. Once launched, you can click the New Meeting button that will automatically generate a link for your room. You can then send them to the participants either through email or messaging apps. Being integrated into other Google products, you can add them as an entry to Google Calendar.
Google Meet is attractive and intuitive. It looks clean and minimal and even more, the platform is optimized for mobile, enabling a swift dial-in functionality. However, while the mobile version is slick, utilizing some functionality is more labor-intensive. It takes a little more time to send files or text-based information.
One thing you should take note of is that using it can consume large amounts of data so be wary when using mobile Internet connections. Furthermore, as with any free app, there are a few limitations to this program. Meetings can only last up to an hour, with up to 100 participants. G Suite users, however, can enjoy up to 300 hours and invite up to 150 people.
Overall, Google Meet is a good find among the wide selection of online conferencing tools available. It proved to be reliable and intuitive and comes with minimal performance issues. More, it is easy to use, allowing you to set up a meeting in a few clicks. The free version comes with limitations, but it is an app worth downloading.