Google Meet passes 50 million downloads after offering free access

Ruben Fields
May 22, 2020

Asus previously launched an ASUS-Google Meet kit in 2014, which the tech company has rebranded for the current high demands in the videoconferencing market. Google and ASUS are pushing these kits and hardware to businesses that suddenly find themselves requiring regular video conferences in small, socially-distanced rooms or even at home.

Google Meet has crossed 50 million downloads on the Play Store.

The collection includes a number of components, including a dedicated PC system called the Google Meet Compute System, powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, a 128GB SSD, and a magnetic chassis so you can attach it to the included stand or mount it out of sight. That's why Google and ASUS are not pushing new hardware, including a "starter kit" to help these businesses hit the road running and, in the long run, snatch more customers away from Zoom. Google Meet is completely free and anyone with an email address can sign up and get started.

The news comes as commentators claim COVID19 has changed the nature of of work indefinitely, with many companies seeking to take some, or part, of their organisational requirements remote amidst cost-cutting and efficiency increases - increasing videoconferencing requirements.

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Breaking it down, the hardware kit consists of a Chromebox, aptly referred to as the "Google Meet Compute System".

The Large Room Kit can be used for conference rooms with a maximum of 20 people. However, the large room kit does not come with that camera. Asus says the PTZ Pro 2 captures 1080p video and offers 10X zoom.

We don't know whether these conferencing kits will make it to SA just yet, but will keep you updated on local availability and pricing. Google Meet was downloaded over 50 million times on the Play Store till May 17.

After September 30, the search giant will switch back to its 60 minute per call limit for users of the free version. The change, however, will not be applicable to G-Suite users.

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