Google is extending one of the features of Meet that allows users to video-chat with friends and family all day. The company has announced that Meet will continue to offer unlimited calls for free until March 31, 2021, for Gmail account users.
The feature allows users to video-chat with others for up to 24 hours. Samir Pradhan, Group Product Manager for Google Meet, wrote in a blog post that calls in the videoconferencing service was first made unlimited in April when Meet became free for everyone. The unlimited call feature was set to expire on September 30. At that time, the company also extended access to advanced features for free for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers, which were unveiled in March in response to COVID-19 lockdowns. These included support for up to 250 participants in a call, live streams with up to 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record calls and save them on Google Drive.
The latest extension, however, is available only to consumers. Google did not mention whether it applies to G Suite and G Suite for Education users. Pradhan said the goal is to "continue helping those who rely on Meet to stay in touch over the coming months".