Bad News For Gmail Users
If you are a Google Meet — the video conferencing platform from Google — user and you use Google Meet from your personal (or free) account for group calls then there’s some bad news for you.
Google Meet now offers group calls with a duration limit as the company has now imposed new limitations on using the service by those using free Google accounts.
Google has imposed a 60-minute time limit for calls with 3 or more participants.
Google also said that after 55 minutes of the call, all the participants of the call would get a notification that the call is about to end.
“To extend the call, the host can upgrade their Google account. Otherwise, the call will end in 60 minutes,” said Google.
What is not changing Google will continue to offer support of up to 24 hours for one-on-one calls for free Google account holders.
Why is Google making this change?
The internet search giant has been extending the support for offering free Google Meet calls for up to 24 hours every few months.
Back in March 2020, Google had said that its Google Hangout features (which is now rebranded as Google Meet) will be free for all Gmail users. After one month, Google announced that Google Meet would be available for free for all Google account users till September 30, 2020.
Later, this deadline was extended to March 31, 2021. Then in March, the company decided to extend the deadline again till June 2021.
Google hasn’t given any formal reason for imposing a time restriction for group calls.