After launching JioMart, Reliance Jio is soon going to launch Jio Meet. This nation-wide video calling platform that plans to compete Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet during the Coronavirus outbreak. On April 30, Jio parent Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) revealed its plans to launch the JioMeet platform while announcing its quarterly earnings for the fourth quarter.
As people are forced to change ways of working due to the COVID-19 crisis, video calling has emerged as a necessary tool for businesses to function. Hence, platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have become increasingly popular. Now, to compete with these apps, Reliance Jio has decided to enter the market with its own video conferencing app Jio Meet.
However, Jio Meet won’t be a regular video calling platform as the company also plans to integrate its Health platform with it. It will allow users to consult with doctors online and much more. Interestingly, Jio already has an app on Google Play Store listed as JioHH Doctor that allows doctors to offer their services online So this app could possibly be integrated with Jio Meet.
In its Q4 fiscal results, Reliance mentioned that it is launching a video calling platform for India. Senior VP at Reliance Jio Infocomm, Pankaj Pawar, said,
“Jio Meet is a platform which has many unique options- it actually has an ability to work on any device, any operating system, and it has an ability to do a complete collaboration. And effectively, this collaboration does not limit to a typical video conferencing app.”
A report states that the Jio Meet app will work across different platforms and will be available on Android, iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows and also as a third party plugin for Microsoft's Outlook email service for enterprise customers. Moreover, the service will also be available on browsers. It will have a dedicated website that will allow users to join a meeting, irrespective of the platform they are using.
While the Jio Meet app hasn’t been officially announced yet, the beta version of Jio Meet was previously listed on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store with over hundreds and thousands of installs but has been taken down. Now, Jio has decided to launch it again officially.
Jio Meet Features
The company has said that it is ensuring that the service is easy to use and doesn’t come with a lot of complexities. It is also being said that the final version of the app will have health features along with integration with education services like virtual classrooms for students and more.
The website for Jio Meet is listed on Google Search. Users can visit it by going to https://jiomeet.com/. However, it isn’t live yet and you will be greeted by the message saying “Thank you for your interest in JioMeet.” The website will come into operations once Jio releases the service officially.
With Jio Meet, users can initiate a video conferencing with their friends, family or colleagues at work. The service supports group calling of up to 5 members however that could be increased by the time the app goes official. In one of the screenshots on Play Store, the number of users is more than 200 which indicates the possibility of the increase in limit.
The app also offers features like Zoom and Google Meet. It will allow the host control options and to record logs of audio and video calls. Users can share the meeting link and give attendees the pin password to join the call or join conferences as guests like Zoom. Jio’s video conferencing platform will also offer HD quality during the video conference across all devices, similar to Zoom.
Moreover, Jio Meet also lets you adjust video call quality according to the network zone thus ensuring zero lag. Jio Meet also might many features like locking the meeting. It might also let users share the screen. It could let host control who can join the meeting alomg with control to remove the unwanted attendees if required.
Apart from all these features, Jio plans to offer healthcare and education services along with video conferencing. Jio’s eHealth platform integrated with the Meets app will allow users to consult doctors virtually. The eEducation platform will create virtual classroom for students and teachers, record sessions and notes, assign and submit homework.
How can users use Jio Meet?
Though the Jio Meet app hasn’t been officially announced yet, the beta versions of the apps were listed on Play Store and Apple App Store but have been taken down. Nevertheless, here’s how to use Jio Meet once it goes live.
- Download Jio Meet from Google Play Store or Apple App Store
- Open the app and it will display a login page that asks email for access. This will be same for all users including the enterprise users.
- Users can Sign-in with OTP on the bottom right corner, just below the login button.
- Enter your mobile number to get a verification code and enter the OTP to log in.
- Once logged in, you can make audio and video calls and can even initiate a group video call by adding you Jio Meet contacts to a group.
But these steps are for beta functionality. When the final build would come integrated with health and education services, it might require additional steps to use depending upon the modifications.
When will Jio Meet be releasing?
Though, JioMeet beta has been around for sometime on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, which means the app has been available for Android and iOS devices, it seems it was in beta all this time. It is expected to commence commercial operation in the coming days and will be offered under the banner of Jio Platforms.
JioMeet will be available to users across all platforms Android and iOS for phones and Windows as well as MacOS for desktops and laptops. There will also be a plugin available separately for the video conferencing solution on Outlook. Similarly, the platform will also be accessible through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Though Jio has not yet released any statement regarding the fixed date of release. Keeping the lockdown across the nation, Reliance Jio said it is just a few days away from launching its video conferencing-cum-collaborative app - Jio Meet.
The Reliance Industries stated,
“Jio Meet is a platform which has many uniqueness- it actually has an ability to work on any device, any operating system, and it has an ability to do a complete collaboration. , this collaboration does not limit to a typical video conferencing app.”
Meanwhile, Jio said that it is looking at the opportunity from a different perspective to offer consumers with a range of use-cases taking security and simplicity into account. So, we can expect that Jio Meet will go live within next one or two weeks.