Google’s Video Conferencing Platform ‘Meet’ Adding 3 Million New Users Every Day
In Alphabet’s Q1 2020 earnings call, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the company’s video conferencing tool Meet is adding a staggering 3 million new users every day. This represents significant growth for the platform, given that some 2 million new users per day were joining the service as of mid-April.
At this point of time Google’s Meet has around 100 million daily participants, some way below Zoom’s 300 million daily users.
However, given the scandals that have plagued Zoom since its surge in usership, Google’s Meet may eat into Zoom’s market share over time. Facebook is also trying to tap this large viewer base with its new ‘Messenger Rooms’.
Like many other popular video conferencing platforms, Meet can be used for free, though there are certain features that only available for paying customers. In early March Google temporarily expanded the range of features that Meet offers for free.
Now, until 1st July 2020, a Meet host can add 250 participants to a call or live stream to up to 100,000 viewers for free. You do not need a Gmail address to join a call, but you do need one to host one.
In late April Google also brought in a design change, so the Meet platform now looks more similar to Zoom’s gallery view.
Alphabet’s Q1 revenue totalled $41.2 billion, despite ad revenues being significantly impacted in March.