Meet, Google’s video conferencing tool was rolled out as a free service in April soon after the pandemic hit. The offer was due to expire today but the search engine giant announced on Tuesday that they’ll continue Google Meet’s free service through March 31, 2021
Soon after the announcement earlier this year, Google also rolled out updates to Gmail for Android and iOS, which added Meet to the app and allowed consumers to join calls directly from their inbox.
“We’ve also added a ton of experiences to Meet to make connecting more fun and more productive, too. You can now see your family on the big screen when you cast your calls to your TV, or join hands-free on your Nest Hub Max. Jump on the call without worrying about the holiday wrapping paper mess behind you with background blur, or take trivia night to the next level by seeing 49 of your competitors (and yourself) at the same time. You can even keep score using our collaborative digital whiteboard,” Google announced.
Earlier, Google Meet’s free service only allowed video calls up to 60 minutes, but that limit was dismissed in the company’s announcement earlier this year.
If anyone wants to disable the Meet tab in the Gmail app, they can do so by going to the app settings via the hamburger menu icon on the top-left corner, tap on account, scroll down and uncheck the box beside Meet.
Ever since the pandemic hit and companies worldwide shifted to remote working. Remote get-togethers among family and friends became commonplace too. Given the growing demand, every tech company that has the capability and infrastructure to support these demands is doing so, including Google with Meet.
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