Google Meet (formerly known as Hangouts Meet) is a video-communication service developed by Google. It is one of two apps that constitute the replacement for Google Hangouts, the other being Google Chat.
It replaced the consumer-facing Google Duo in late 2022, with the Duo mobile app being renamed Meet and the original Meet app set to be phased out.
Google Meet provides enterprise-grade video calling and meetings to help classroom of all sizes connect and collaborate.
The platform boasts millions of businesses as users and offers advanced features to boost meeting engagement such as whiteboarding, breakout rooms, polls, and more. And because it’s integrated with Google Workspace, users can schedule meetings in Gmail or Calendar, and collaborate on documents in real-time.
Some characteristics are:
- Two-way and multi-way audio and video calls with a resolution up to 720p.
- An accompanying chat.
- Call encryption between all users.
- Noise-canceling audio filter.
- “Activities” offers features like polls and voting, live YouTube and Spotify sharing, Q&A, mini games like UNO! Mobile, Kahoot! and Heads Up! etc.
- Low-light mode for video.
- Ability to join meetings through a web browser or through Android or iOS apps.
- Integration with the Google ecosystem, e.g. YouTube for live sharing, 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.
- “Knock Knock” shows a live preview of the caller before the recipient picks up, which Google says is to “make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption”.
- 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.
- Ability to raise and lower hand.
- Video filters, effects and augmented reality masks.
Use cases/examples of usage: (tutorial)
Strenght: It’s easy to use in classroom and in adult education conference.
Weakness: Not as stable, secure, or as high quality in terms of audio and video when compared to others.
People opinion about the tool: https://www.capterra.com/p/176572/Google-Hangouts/reviews/#:~:text=Pros%3A%20Because%20it%20and%20the,video%20when%20compared%20to%20Zoom
Similar Tool: Microsoft Teams; Zoom; skype; Webex App.
Technical and operational requirements: PC in order to create the Play; a mobile/PC in order to play it.
In accordance with the WebRTC standard, Google Meet uses VP8 and VP9 video codecs for video stream compression and Opus audio codec for voice stream compression.
In April 2020, Google announced plans to support the AV1 video codec. Google Meet uses proprietary protocols for audio and video stream control. Interoperability between Google Meet and SIP/H.323-based conferencing equipment and software is available for Google Workspace customers through third-party services.
Google Meet is optimized for low-bandwidth mobile networks through WebRTC and uses QUIC over UDP.
Optimization is further achieved through the degradation of video quality through monitoring network quality. For packet loss concealment Meet uses WaveNetEQ.
License Tool: 100+ (licensed) link to upgrade plan.