Meet, Google

Features of Google Meet include:

  • Two-way and multi-way audio and video calls with a resolution up to 720p
  • An accompanying chat
  • Call encryption between all users[8]
  • Noise-canceling audio filter
  • Low-light mode for video
  • Ability to join meetings through a web browser or through Android or iOS apps
  • Integration with Google Calendar and Google Contacts for one-click meeting calls
  • Screen-sharing to present documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or (if using a browser) other browser tabs[8]
  • Ability to call into meetings using a dial-in number in the US
  • Hosts being able to deny entry and remove users during a call.[9]
  • Ability to raise and lower hand
  • Video filters, effects and augmented reality masks.[10]

Google Meet uses proprietary protocols for video, audio and data transcoding. However, Google has partnered with the company Pexip to provide interoperability between Google Meet and SIP/H.323-based conferencing equipment and software.[11]

Google Workspace accountsEdit

Features for users who use Google Workspace accounts include:

  • Up to 100 members per call for Google Workspace Starter users, up to 150 for Google Workspace Business users, and up to 250 for Google Workspace Enterprise users.[8][12][13][14]
  • Ability to call into meetings with a dial-in number from selected countries.[8]
  • Password-protected dial-in numbers for Google Workspace Enterprise edition users.
  • Real-time closed captioning based on speech recognition.
  • Background blurring and virtual backgrounds.

In March 2020, Google temporarily extended advanced features present in the enterprise edition to anyone using Google Workspace or G Suite for Education[15] editions.

Real-time translations of the automatically generated closed captions are planned to arrive some time in 2021.[16]

Gmail accountsEdit

In March 2020, Google rolled out Meet to personal (free) Google accounts.[17]

Free Meet calls can only have a single host and up to 100 participants, compared to the 250-caller limit for Google Workspace users[18][9] and the 25-participant limit for Hangouts.[19] Unlike business calls with Meet, consumer calls are not recorded and stored, and Google states that consumer data from Meet will not be used for advertisement targeting.[20] While call data is reportedly not being used for advertising purposes, based on an analysis of Meet's privacy policy, Google reserves the right to collect data on call duration, who is participating, and participants' IP addresses.[21]

Users need a Google account to initiate calls[22][23] and like Google Workspace users, anyone with a Google account is able to start a Meet call from within Gmail.[24][25]