According to Hindustan Times, Google has been expanding the free Google Meet services since last year, due to Covid-19. It was originally set to expire on September 30, but Google extended it until March 31, 2021, and then again until June of this year. Google Meet users will be able to make longer calls for free.
Users can make calls for up to 24 hours using Google Meet’s unlimited call feature. For Google Meet free users, this is only restricted to 60 minutes. Anyone with a Gmail account can now host Google Meet calls for up to 24 hours for free using the extension. Given the number of Covid-19 cases still active around the world and people continuing to operate from home, this would be highly beneficial.
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Users would need to subscribe to Google Workspace in order to use the additional Google Meet functionality. Users can invite up to 250 people to a meeting, save meetings to Google Drive, and use features like hand lift, polling, and Q&A, breakout rooms, attendance reports, and intelligent noise cancellation with Google Meet.
Google has been introducing new functionality to Meet in recent months. For its mobile apps, it recently introduced a grid view. This feature will first be available on iOS, with the ability to display up to eight people at once.