Video conferencing apps and softwares has noticed a surge in demand amid COVID-19 pandemic with people forced to stay at home to keep up with the work and stay connected with their friends and families around the world.
Big-tech companies like Google and Microsoft has seen a big jump in demand with their video conferencing tools Google Meet and Microsoft Teams to take on Zoom that gained the most in the period of Pandemic around businesses and students.
After the fresh investment received from Facebook Inc. Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio has launched a new video conferencing app — JioMeet in India.
JioMeet allows users to make HD video calls to anyone for free, you can sign up for the app with your email address or with OTP generated through your mobile number. It also offers a guest mode to join the call that requires the meeting ID and your name.
Features of JioMeet:
JioMeet has the same easy to use interface on the home page you get three tabs on the top — Favorites, Recents, and Contacts. If in your contacts has the app installed already you can make a call right away with just a tap on the ‘video call’ icon next to the user name.
It offers up to 720p video calling quality but the app automatically adjusts as per your network connection. It also allows sharing text in an overlay over the call.
In the video conference call, the app also offers some basic admin features to the host that allows the host to mute or end the call of any of the participants. It also offers the feature to end the call with a selective participant or all with a tap of the button.
JioMeet supports only up to five participants for free users but it offers up an invitation for up to 100 participants with the Pro Plan (best for Businesses). All meetings in Pro plan are PIN protected as mentioned on the FAQ page.
JioMeet uses SSL 128-bit encryption to makes sure all your calls are protected in transit.
Cons of JioMeet:
The first preview of the app displays an old UI which is very similar to all other Jio apps, a major concern since the start of Jio apps.
In the video call it takes a long time to connect the call and about 4-5 seconds in the first screen of the participant to appear, while the app also has issues in audio.
Overall, JioMeet is way behind Whatsapp, Messenger, or Google Duo to replace it as your basic video calling app. But it is a decent attempt by the company that will soon control mostly all apps in India and we expect some improvement from the developers soon in the future.
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