Google Meet crosses 50 million mark on Play Store

Yolanda Curtis
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. The hardware could come in handy for office conference rooms that rely on Google Meet as their video conferencing tool of choice (once entering the office becomes more common, of course).

According to 9to5Google, the new gear includes a small computer that runs the calls, an external speaker, and, depending on the configuration one buys, one can also get a camera and a touch screen.

Similar to many other video conferencing services available today, Meet from Google has seen a significant growth in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with a change in plans, the company has started being more flexible than it used to be before. It's really just a mini PC that runs Chrome OS and is specifically customized to run Google Meet.

Google Meet Hits 50 Million Download Mark on Google Play Store Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Data Reveals

Breaking it down, the hardware kit consists of a Chromebox, aptly referred to as the "Google Meet Compute System". It can now be accessed directly from Gmail, allowing users to join video calls easily.

There's a Starter Kit and Small/Medium Room Kit, and both are designed mainly for conference rooms with up to eight people, according to The Verge.

The "Google Meet Compute System" (i.e. compact computer) incorporates an Intel i7 processor, 128GB SSD and magnetic build for easy mounting.

"We've re-engineered Google Meet, originally built for secure business meetings, to make it free and available to all".

The Large Room Kit supports up to 20 people and to be used with Logitech's PTZ Pro 2 Camera.

Whilst exact local pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, ASUS claims the videoconferencing kits will roll-out in late June across 28 countries. Till May 17, it was downloaded by over 50 million times.

Meet was a paid service available only for G-suite users.

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