Google announced last month that it would be merging its two video calling apps, Google Meet and Google Duo, and the transition officially began a few days ago. However, the switch has a significant disadvantage.
While there will be plenty of upsides to the new combined Google Meet, especially compared to Duo (which has always had fewer features), there will be at least one drawback. Google confirmed to geek how to do it that starting a Meet call from a phone or tablet will not have a maximum time limit, but calls started from the Meet desktop web app will be limited to 60 minutes for free Google accounts. We also asked Google if the time limit for 1-to-1 calls applies, but the company did not respond in time for publication.
Time limits on Duo and (old) Meet
Google Duo has never had a maximum limit on the duration of calls, both for audio and video calls. The main limit was just the number of people you could have on a single call: Duo reached a maximum of eight participants before the COVID-19 pandemic, which rose to 12 in March 2020, and rose again to 32 people a few days later. months later. . Duo didn’t even have group video calls on the web until May 2020.
Google Meet, on the other hand, was created from the beginning for large companies and organizations to have online video conferences. Google Workspace accounts (those set up by organizations) can have 500 participants on the same call, though the limit for most Google accounts is 100. There is no time limit on Meet calls for Workspace accounts you pay, which was also true when Meet was implemented. to release Google accounts in the early days of the pandemic, but that ended in 2021.
Zoom forces free calls to end after 40 minutes, and free Microsoft Teams meetings are limited to 60 minutes in groups or 30 hours in 1-on-1 calls. However, there are still some services that offer unlimited free calls. time, such as Microsoft Skype and Apple FaceTime.
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