Reliance launched its new Jiomeet video conferencing app, the app was launched with little fanfare on Thursday night. The app is available on Google Play and Apple store. After recent funding raising run of over $10 billion by the company, ‘JioMeet’ is the company’s new product entering the video conferencing app market.
JioMeet will compete with existing players in the market like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams. The app launched looks a lot similar to the Zoom video conferencing app.
Same as like other Reliance launch, JioMeet video conferencing apps offers an unlimited number of free calls and supports up to 100 participants on a call. The app supports direct calls 1:1 and doesn’t impose any short duration limit on calls. Reliance jio claims that consumers can use the free call feature for as long as 24 hours continuously. Meetings support HD quality and users can create unlimited meetings per day.
At present, the Jio Meet Video Conferencing app has no paid plans, and it’s unclear if the company will introduce any premium plans. A new user can sign up with his phone number or email ID. Meetings can be protected and have a waiting room feature.
Reliance industries company Jio fundraising run started in April and continued till June. Starting with one of the biggest deals in India’s history, the Jio-Facebook deal in which the social networking giant acquired a 9.9 percent share in Jio. Followed by deals with the biggest private equity firms like General Atlantic, Vista Equity, Silver Lake Partners, etc.
Reliance Jio began beta testing of the new video product JioMeet conferencing apps in May this year. The also app supports multi-device login support (up to five devices), easy switch between different devices during a call. Along with direct access through a browser (only in Chrome and Firefox), apps are available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and link on the Jio site.
The app offers a ‘Safe Driving Mode’ while a participant is in commute. Hosts can enable a ‘waiting room’ to ensure participants ask permission before entering a call. The company has given no clarity on whether the platform will be available for calls outside India. On its website, Jio meet video conferencing app claims that all meetings hosted are encrypted but no clear information has been provided as to whether these calls are end-to-end encrypted or not.
As the country is fighting Coronavirus which forced people to work from home, the use of video conferencing apps for work purposes has increased in India. The app comes at a time when millions of people are actively using video conferencing services for work and study.
Zoom, which is presently the most used video conferencing app in India saw an increase in Zoom, which is presently the most used Jio video conferencing app in India saw an increase in app users from 4 million active users in March to 35 million active users in July. It will help people consult their doctors online, teachers to host virtual classrooms, conduct tests, and assign homework for students.