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Google Meet passes 100 million installs on the Play Store

The app’s popularity has skyrocketed since it went free for everyone.


What you need to know

  • The Google Meet app has crossed the 100 million download milestone on the Play Store.
  • Its install count doubled from 50 million to 100 million in just 50 days.
  • As per AppBrain, the app has been hitting 1 million downloads every day since mid-May.

With an aim to take on Zoom, Google made Meet free for all users with a Google account in late April. Just three weeks after the introduction of a free tier, the Google Meet app zoomed past 50 million downloads on the Play Store. As spotted by the folks over at Android Police, the Google Meet app has crossed yet another milestone. It has now surpassed 100 million installs on the Google Play Store.

According to data from AppBrain, the Google Meet app has been averaging 1 million downloads a day since mid-May. What is also quite impressive is that Meet has taken just 50 days to double its install count on the Play Store. Needless to pay, Zoom’s serious security and privacy issues have probably played a role in making Google Meet so popular among users. A bigger reason, however, is the fact that most companies have switched to the work-from-home format due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

To help make Meet more popular, Google rolled out Gmail integration for both iOS and Android last month. The Meet integration in Gmail allows users to quickly join meetings directly from the main Gmail interface. However, you can choose to disable Meet integration by heading over to the settings menu.

How to get started with Google Meet for video conferencing


Google Pixel 4a pre-orders go live with August 20 availability

Google’s newest phone, the Pixel 4a, is finally available for pre-order. Having blown by its expected May launch, the handset arrives with a wallet-friendly $350 price tag.When much of the fanfare and advertising for phones tends to center around flagships and devices approaching $1,000, Google’s latest is a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, it still has more than enough hardware and modern software to satisfy the needs of the masses.At just $350, the Pixel 4a runs Android 10 and largely features the same camera experience that’s found in the Pixel 4. Moreover, it also has a headphone jack and a bigger battery than the standard model.Android 105.81-inch FHD+ displayQualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor6GB RAM128GB storage12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera8-megapixel wide-angle camera3140mAh battery3.5mm audio jackAs to why the Pixel 4a is less than half the price of the Pixel 4, there are plenty of reasons. It’s just up to the buyer to determine whether it’s worth spending the extra money.With that said, the Pixel 4a does not have wireless charging, nor does it have the soft-touch glass back and water resistant protection. Instead it has a polycarbonate body to keep price down.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is available for pre-order in the US at Google Store and on Google Fi where it can be purchased unlocked at just $350. It will be more widely available to customers on August 20 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. Additionally, US carriers will offer the phone, including Google Fi, US Cellular, and Verizon.Customers who purchase the Pixel 4a receive three month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One.Interestingly enough, the Google Pixel 4a appears to be offered in black only through Google’s online store. Other colors expected in the lead-up to announcement included white and blue. Perhaps various carriers and retailers will have different options.

Google begins dropping details on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Today might be the official arrival of the Google Pixel 4a, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t already looking to the horizon. Indeed, Google is ready to share details about the next few models in the pipeline.According to Google, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 will arrive “this fall” and both will feature 5G connectivity. Moreover, Google is already sharing its expected price for the former, putting it at just $499.Whether the true difference between the standard 4a and the 5G-ready version is 5G support remains unclear.Google often debuts its flagship Pixel phones in October, and that would definitely fit in thethis fall” timeline. However, with the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the Pixel 4a arrived nearly three months later than expected, it’s hard to say for sure.As Google tells us both the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.If you’re interested in learning more about either of these phones, you can sign up to receive updates.

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