Previously standardised on ChromeOS, Google Meet will become available on Android with the Poly Studio family and Logitech Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini.

First Google Meet Android-based appliances announced

Google has announced the first Android-based devices that can run its Google Meet platform which will be provided by Poly and Logitech.

The launch of the Meet for Android-based appliances will enable customers to buy a device from Poly or Logitech that can run Meet, or another videoconferencing platform, based on admin configuration. Customers with existing Poly or Logitech Android-based devices will also be able to run Meet just by adding Meet licences for these devices.

In a blog post published today, Dave Citron, director of product for Google Workspace, said; “Google Meet devices have historically been standardised on ChromeOS, but open-source Android-based devices have become increasingly popular as a video conferencing platform-independent solution.”

Poly is expected to deliver its first Meet-certified Android-based appliance in 2023, with the Poly Studio X family catering for Google Meet rooms of all sizes. Meet-certified devices will include the Studio X30 for small rooms, Studio X50 for medium rooms, and Studio X70 for large rooms. These come with Poly DirectorAI intelligent camera framing, Poly NoiseBlockAI to filter out non-verbal noises, and Acoustic Fence to shield calls from extraneous sounds.

Logitech will also offer an Android-based appliance version of its Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini for Google Meet in 2023. The AI-powered Rally Bar and Rally Bar Mini are designed for medium-to-large and small-to-medium rooms respectively. The products, which drastically reduce setup time and cabling complexity, will offer flexibility of deployment with either the Meet Compute box or in appliance mode.

In addition, Google has announced bi-directional interoperability on Zoom Rooms and Google Meet devices, coming later this year, with no additional licencing cost. Zoom Rooms will be able to join Google Meet meetings and Google Meet devices will be able to join Zoom Meetings, either directly from a Zoom Room or a Google Meet device calendar with a single touch of a button or by entering in a meeting code.

Google launched bi-directional interoperability between Cisco Webex device and Google Meet devices last year and continues to support Pexip for Google Meet, to ensure users can join Meet meetings from a wide range of videoconferencing solutions.