What you need to know
- Google is rolling out a new look for Google Meet.
- The new update matches the Meet experience you'll find in Gmail.
- It's now available for Android, having arrived for iOS in September.
Google is rolling out a new look for Meet, its video conferencing app for Android, iOS, and the web. It had already announced this redesign and brought it to Apple's mobile platform back in September. Over the weekend, it rolled out to Android as well.
It's a small update, primarily aimed at matching the integrated experience found in-app on Gmail. The update also replaces Meet's ghoulish green with the same bubbly blue you'll find in other Google apps from Photos to Messages. Google will also be adding a new "new meeting" button to the app that gives the following options: "get meeting joining info to share with others, "start a Meet call instantly" and "schedule a new meeting in Google Calendar".
Essentially, it makes setting up and sharing a meeting something you can now do in a few taps. The old "new meeting" button only started a meet call instantly with none of the extras.
You should have this update available now matter whether you're using Meet on a free Google account or any flavor of Google Workspace.
The redesigned Meet doesn't contain the new iconography that Google announced for its app suite, though we have to assume that'll be coming soon. The service will also be remaining free for users through March 2021, as Google hopes to entice more users via the incredibly low price of free.
Essentially Duo in a suit and tie, Google Meet is Google's counterpart to Zoom. It's available for free to use through March 2021, and works fine for this family group calls you'll ant to take over thanksgiving.
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