After raising billions of dollars from investors like Facebook and Intel, Reliance Jio led by celebrated billionaire Mukesh Ambani has launched India’s very own video conferencing app, JioMeet, a rival to Zoom, the most sought-after Meeting App.
This video conferencing app is now available across Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and the web since Thursday. It has already gained ground with around 100,000 downloads from Google Play Store, in less than 24 hours of the app going live.
As mentioned by Reliance Jio, a free call on JioMeet can go beyond 24 hours, unlike Zoom where there is a USD 15 per month charge for meetings beyond a 40-minute limit.
Features to Watch Out for in JioMeet
- JioMeet will be available in 720p High Definition mode It offers HD and video call quality for up to 100 participants with features like screen sharing, meeting schedule feature, and more.
- JioMeet has a safe driving mode option if the user is traveling at the time of establishing the connection with the app and multi-login support for up to five devices with seamless switching from one device to another during the call.
- One of the most important features that Jio Meet has incorporated is that each meeting will be password protected and the host can enable “Waiting Room” to ensure no participants can join without permission.
- JioMeet has two advanced meeting options over Zoom. First, it allows only people from the host’s organization, eliminating potential interference from other IDs. Second, it does not allow guest users, if enabled each user will have to sign up with a mobile and email number as opposed to Zoom which allows sign up with an email id only.
- JioMeet also allows nine participants at a time on a single mobile screen as opposed to Zoom which allows only four participants (for more, users need to scroll through multiple pages.)
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Reliance Jio’s rising trends of Monopoly
As mentioned by Reliance Jio, national and international seminars as well as social and cultural events can be hosted using this video conferencing app.
The service through this video conferencing app as of present has no paid plans and it remains unclear that Reliance Jio, which in the past built its monopoly by initially providing free service to users, has any plans to monetize it soon.
With remote working gaining momentum due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom had managed to grow by over 35 million active users, since March 2020. It will be interesting to watch Reliance Jio’s strategy, a company known to break the monopoly in each segment to challenge JioMeet’s rival, Zoom.