The popular video conferencing app, Zoom has announced that the service will be available on Google Nest Hub, Facebook Portal, and Amazon Echo by the end of this year. This is a major expansion for Zoom’s platform to offer its unique video calling and conferencing service on more devices. After being in the news for various security and privacy issues and getting banned by companies, this news is a confidence booster for the company.
The official announcement reads:
Working from home just got simpler. You’ll soon be able to use Zoom at home on your smart display as part of our Zoom for Home program, making interactive video meetings as easy as the touch of a button or the sound of your voice.
We’re excited to support some of the most widely used smart displays, including Amazon Echo Show, Portal from Facebook, and Google Nest Hub Max, so you can connect by video to colleagues, family, and friends with ease.
Zoom from Home on Smart Displays
The service’s easy to join feature, support for video conferencing with multiple participants and unique screen sharing capability made the Zoom app the most popular conferencing platform since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and continuation of economic, social and educational activities from home. The app is used for personal, educational, and professional purposes.
Therefore, the service is expanding to Google Nest Hub, Facebook Portal, and Amazon Echo Show smart displays, equipped with built-in- touchscreen and high-quality directional microphones, for enhanced video conferencing experience. Each device will offer the service in its distinguished way.
With the integration of the Calendar app and voice assist, Google Nest Hub will allow users to automatically join all existing Zoom meetings directly on their calendar. Users will also be able to join and host meetings with voice commands like “Hey Google, start my next meeting” or “Hey Google, join my next meeting”. Google announcement said,
“Zoom is coming to Assistant-enabled Smart Displays, including Nest Hub Max, by the end of the year. Anyone with a Zoom account—whether it’s free or paid—will 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.”
Facebook Portal devices will release the support for the video conferencing app by September. The devices’ smart camera will keep the participant or host in the frame like it does for Messenger and WhatsApp video calls. Particularly for work-related meetings, Portal will allow users to sign-in with a separate account for work. This will enable users to keep their personal and professional IDs separate.
Amazon Echo Show device will have similar functionality for zoom app like Nest Hub. Alexa support will enable users to join or host meetings with voice commands and synchronization with Calendar will allow users to directly join meetings app. Starting with Echo Show 8, the Zoom app will launch on the devices by the end of 2020.
Previously, Google and Facebook used their own apps like Google Meet and Facebook Messenger for video conferencing. Now that video conferencing company has made the platform more secure with new features like end-trend encryption, waiting room, report trolls, hide meeting ID, and others, users can access the service on more devices.