Google’s unlimited free Meet video calls for Gmail accounts will last several months longer. The internet pioneer has extended the unlimited-length chats from their original September 30 expiration date until March 31, 2021. Free tier calls had been previously restricted to an hour each.
Simply speaking, Google is acknowledging that the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic will last for some time. Many folks will have no choice but to rejoice holidays and attend occasions online, Google mentioned, and unlimited Meet calls will ensure they can “stay in touch” in the months ahead.
The firm pointed out that Meet has grown in the latest months, together with Chromecast-based calls on your TV and background blurring effects to hide your messes at home. Video chats for Gmail account holders are capped at 50 users, however, all G Suite and educational customers can have as much as 250 individuals and record their calls.
The transfer is clearly meant to keep Meet competitive with video chat rivals like Zoom and Facebook Messenger Rooms. If Google didn’t provide unlimited free calls, it risked losing otherwise loyal Meet users. This won’t essentially draw you to Meet, however it might keep you invested if you have a choice of platforms for your virtual conversations.