Google Meet and Zoom Rooms interoperability for Meet-certified Android devices is on the way
Google has announced new two-way interoperability between Zoom and Meet for conference rooms, along with the first Meet-certified Android conferencing devices, which expand Google’s Meet-certified devices beyond ChromeOS.
When interoperability arrives later this year, users of corporate conferencing solutions — Zoom Rooms and Google Meet devices — will be able to communicate seamlessly: Zoom Rooms can join Google Meet meetings, and Google Meet devices can join Zoom meetings. This can be done from the Zoom Room or your Google Meet device calendar, with the touch of a button.
Zoom-Meet interoperability will initially only work from Chrome OS-based Meet devices, which was the main platform on which Meet conferencing devices are built. This is based on the existing interoperability between Cisco Webex devices and Google Meet devices. Interoperability is available at no additional cost.
Google’s move should benefit organizations that need to connect conference rooms with partners, customers, and other groups internally who use different conference platforms.
As mentioned earlier, Meet-certified conferencing devices have so far been built on ChromeOS, but today Google announced the first Android-certified conferencing devices from Poly and Logitech. Meet Android devices will be available for both vendors in early 2023.
“Although Google Meet hardware has historically been standardized on ChromeOS, open source Android devices are becoming increasingly popular as a platform-independent solution for video conferencing,” said Dave Citron, Product Manager at Google Workspace.
Google notes that customers with Android-based conferencing devices from Poly and Logitech will be able to easily migrate to Meet from competing cloud conferencing platforms.
“Customers using Android-based Poly or Logitech devices will be able to leverage their investment and move to Meet once the Meet license is added to these devices,” Citron said in a blog.
Microsoft offers Teams rooms only on Windows devices like the Surface Hub and Android conferencing devices. For example, Logitech RoomMate It is a $999 Android conferencing device that supports Zoom Rooms, RingCentral Rooms, and Teams Rooms, but not Google Meet. It also offers Android-based Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini for multiple conference platforms.
Logitech will offer Android-based hardware versions of the Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini for Google Meet in 2023. Google says Poly is expected to introduce its first Android-based Meet-certified hardware in early 2023. These will include the Studio X30 for kids Studio X50 for medium rooms and Studio X70 for large rooms.
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