Google will allow users to host free Google Meet calls longer than 60 minutes until March 31, 2021. The policy was set to expire on September 30 but is now extending the policy until March next year. Google Meet has experienced a surge in users after the coronavirus pandemic has pushed everyone to connect virtually. It surpassed 100 million installs from Google Play in July.
Google said in a blog post that as video calls were playing a crucial role in helping people connect, it wanted to offer the best possible services for the same. Back in April, Google Meet had become free-to-use for all, allowing unlimited calls (up to 24 hours) until September 30.
“As we look ahead to a holiday season with less travel and important milestones like family reunions, PTA meetings and weddings hosted over the video, we want to continue helping those who rely on Meet to stay in touch over the coming months. As a sign of our commitment, today we’re continuing unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version through March 31, 2021, for Gmail accounts,” said Google in a blog post.
Google said that with the extension, people with free Google accounts can enjoy the same benefits as its business users.
Google has been adding features like nosie cancellation, background blur, 49-person grid view, and Chromecast support to its video servicing platform. Separately, Google has also pointed out some of the features it has rolled out for Meet users. For instance, users can now cast Meet calls to their TV. Users can also access the Meet platform through Nest Hub Max. Other recent features include background blur and digital whiteboard.