Post-pandemic, meeting, messaging and video conferencing apps have never been more relevant. With flexible work arrangements on the rise and more people accepting the fact that many types of events can successfully take place online, apps like Google Meet are gaining new respect and greater use.
Analysts estimate that the trend will only grow. By 2025, it’s believed that around 22 percent of the American workforce, or 36.2 million people will be working remotely.
Free to use and popular among Google account holders, Google Meet is helping people communicate and collaborate regardless of distance in streamlined and powerful ways.
In this comprehensive Google Meet review and tutorial, we share what the app offers and how it enables a robust exchange of ideas among teams of any size.
Google Meet’s Origin Story
Google Meet is an offshoot of three products by the developers at Alphabet, the company behind Google. It’s the replacement of Google Hangouts, Google Chats and the mobile app Google Duo. Towards the latter part of 2022, Duo was renamed Meet while the first Meet app was discontinued.
The original Meet app was only available to users of Google Workspace but the tech giant later decided that it would offer access to everyone. This allowed the number of Google Meet users to grow exponentially. As of April 2020, the platform is accessed by around 100 million users daily, representing a 300 percent growth.