During the earnings call, CEO Sundar Pichai said that they are adding 3 million new users every day to Meet. This is a quick jump from 2 million users each day reported earlier this month. The premium video conferencing app was made available for free to Google users earlier this week. The company is rolling out the app in a staggered manner to all its users.
Pichai said, “We are now adding roughly 3 million new users each day and have seen a thirty-fold increase in usage since January. There are now over 100 million daily Meet meeting participants.”
The demand for video conferencing app during the Covid-19 led lockdown compelled Google to make the app free. Google Meet was launched as a premium app, which was part of G-Suite subscription. The company has added quite a few new features to the app in recent months.
Google Meet offers unique features to users. The video conferencing app offers automatic captions feature, helping users read what the speaker is saying. You can share the screen with participants and even scribble notes. The new interface offers Zoom-like tiled layout for up to 16 people.
Javier Soltero, Vice President and GM for G-Suite said, “Today, we’re making Google Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone, with availability rolling out over the coming weeks. We’ve invested years in making Meet a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments, and enterprises around the world, and in recent months we’ve accelerated the release of top-requested features to make it even more helpful. Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet.”