Zoom the video conferencing software company’s sales skyrocketed with the Covid-19 pandemic but there are various concerns raised on zoom for security reasons. In 2012, Zoom Video Communications was launched, heralding a new age in video and audio conferencing, chat, and mobile collaboration. Since its inception, Zoom has been equally embraced by both businesses and personal users, all of whom have applauded its ease of use, reliability and unparalleled functionality. The growth of the company, which is headquartered in San Jose, California, has been phenomenal, and it now employs almost 2000 staff across its numerous global locations. The success of the company in this vertical is such an example that “zoom” is a verb now for video conferencing. But, with the major players hitting the market, there is a decline seen recently.
Here are some new major developments that you should be familiar with in the video conferencing space.
Google Meet is now free for users
Google Meet was launched as a premium app for users who had to pay for the app but the demand for video conferencing app across the globe compelled Google to make the app free.
Google Meet will be available for free on the web at meet.google.com and via mobile apps for iOS or Android. Anyone who has a Gmail account can sign in at meet.google.com to activate their Meet account. Meet can be a good alternative to Zoom as the app allows 100 people to participate in a single video call
Reliance Jio launches JioMeet
With the demand for video conferencing and remote working applications at an all-time high, Reliance Jio is the latest to enter the segment.
The company has launched JioMeet, an HD video conferencing tool for mobiles and tablets. JioMeet supports five users on the free plan, and up to 100 users on the business plan. It allows email and OTP-based logins for meeting hosts, while guests can join through a simple conferencing link. Users can even join meetings through a Chrome browser. JioMeet launched on Google Play Store recently, and has already registered more than 100,000 downloads. Reliance called it a “nationwide video platform” in its earnings statement.
Zoho Launches Zoho Classes
Zoho on Wednesday launched a new mobile app, Zoho Classes, that enables educational and training institutes to serve their students online.
Zoho Classes is completely free for all government schools in India and for all other schools it is free for up to 100 students. For every additional student, beyond 100, It will charge ₹250 per student, per year, the company said.
Zoho said it has launched one app for both teachers and students, which will ensure all things shared between them can be centrally-monitored by the school and students can join only via direct invite from the school.
It also claimed that the app is secure and personal details are never visible or shared. The offering is as a part of supporting the Government of India’s BharatPadheOnline Programme, it said.
WhatsApp Calls Can Now Have 8 Participants
Whatsapp the most used IM application can now have as many as 8 people in Video and Voice calls. That is, instead of the earlier limit of 4 participants. This comes at a time when video chats are becoming the norm for work as well as personal calls, amidst the work from home situation because of the Coronavirus, or COVID. Video conferencing apps are gaining even more popularity as time goes by, and WhatsApp making this update makes it even more versatile in that space. The company also has data to prove that users around the world are using WhatsApp more than before for calls.
It is still lesser than 32 participants that Apple FaceTime allows, the 12-person limit that Google Duo now has, Skype and Facebook Messenger Rooms which supports 50 participants and Zoom that allows 100 people in a group call.
For the extended group calling limits to be available, you’ll need to head to the Apple App Store for the iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones and download the latest version of the app.