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Zoom will now be available on Google Nest, Amazon Echo and Facebook Portal smart displays

Video conferencing platform Zoom will now be available on smart displays including Google Nest Hub Max, Amazon Echo Show, and Facebook Portal among others.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | August 20, 2020 | Updated 10:10 IST

Highlights

  • Zoom is coming to Google Nest Hub Max, Amazon Echo Show, and Facebook Portal among others.
  • The collaboration between Google, Amazon, Facebook and Zoom was announced on Wednesday.
  • Zoom will start rolling out to the smart displays by the end of this year.

Video conferencing platform Zoom will now be available on smart displays including Google Nest Hub Max, Amazon Echo Show, and Facebook Portal among others. The collaboration between Google, Amazon, Facebook and Zoom was announced on Wednesday. Interestingly, Google has two of its own video conferencing platforms including the Google Duo and Google Meet that compete with Zoom in the market. Facebook too has its own video conferencing platform, the Messenger Rooms that rivals Zoom.

Announcing the availability of Zoom on Google Nest, Lilian Rincon, Senior Director of Product Management, Google Assistant said in a blog post, "Nest Hub Max and Google Assistant already offer a host of ways to stay connected with Duo and Google Meet. And soon you'll have one more option to use the video calling service of your choice: Zoom is coming to Assistant-enabled Smart Displays, including Nest Hub Max, by the end of the year."

Although the three tech giants including Google, Facebook, and Amazon will now support Zoom on its platform, the integration would be entirely different.

For Google, Lilian Rincon said that anyone with a Zoom account will be able to join a call from their Hub Max or other Assistant-enabled Smart Display. "You can say "Hey Google, start a meeting" to connect with up to 100 people with Google Meet, and soon, anyone with a Zoom account—whether it's free or paid—will also be able to join a video call from their Hub Max or other Assistant-enabled Smart Display. With Meet or Zoom, you can easily move from one call to the next. To join your next meeting, say "Hey Google, join my next meeting" to easily connect to the next call on your personal Google Calendar," he said.

In Amazon Show, users will be available to join a meeting simply by saying "Alexa, join my Zoom meeting." This process would be somewhat similar to that of Google Nest. In case you have linked your calendar in the Alexa app, Alexa will automatically schedule your meeting. You will also not require a meeting ID or passcode if you have already linked your calendar with the Alexa app.

Now coming to Facebook Portal, to use Zoom in the smart display by Facebook you will not require a Facebook or WhatsApp account. Facebook is implementing a one-touch "join meeting" feature to start a call.

Zoom revealed in a blog post that it would be rolling out to Portal from Facebook in select regions in September this year. It will start rolling out to Amazon Echo Show devices in the US later this year and it will be available on Google Nest later this year.

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