Reliance Jio, headed by Mukesh Ambani, who is currently the richest man of India, has launched Jio Meet, which is a video conferencing service, similar to Zoom.
Jio Meet offers an unlimited number of free calls in HD and supports as many as a hundred participants on a single call.
The exciting thing is, there is no paid plans as of now, and the free calls can be uninterrupted for up to 24 hours, something currently no video conferencing app is offering.
After it was made available to download, users started to point out similarities between Jio Meet and Zoom app.
Here is a thread on Twitter comparing the screenshots of Zoom and Jio Meet side by side, and the similarities are quite stunning.
JioMeet and Zoom – a thread.
Screen 1 – Landing Page. pic.twitter.com/TC1HEJLUX1
— SG (@shrinivassg) July 3, 2020
Zoom has been around since the last decade, but you may have heard of it in the previous 3-4 months of lockdown, where millions of people used it to communicate with people, be it personal or business.
We saw a lot of alternatives to the Zoom app after Zoom was surfaced in a lot of media criticism of having security issues.
On the security front, the Jio Meet video conferencing service offers part first protection on each call multi-device login support, and the ability to share screen and collaborate.
Hosts can enable ‘waiting rooms’ to ensure all participants have to take permission before entering the conference room.
Reliance Jio, which has got approximately 400 million customers in India, offers a range of internet services, from e-commerce to music streaming, to on-demand video streaming, Live TV.
Twenty-eight other Apps are being distributed by Reliance Corporate IT Park Limited, the developer name in Google Play Store. Apart from its availability in Google Play Store, users can directly use it on computer browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox by adding an extension.
Reliance Jio, which was launched in 2016, earned its name for being the cheapest internet service provider, as the plants start at rupees 149 per month, with virtually unlimited 4G Internet data.
In 2020, Reliance Jio has raised more than Rs one trillion by selling 22.38% stake to 10 investors, including Facebook.
Looking at how much money it has brought into the company, it is a shame the company had to rip the design of Zoom blatantly.
But looking at a current sentiment of Swadeshi movement where people are looking for Indian alternatives to 2 for an Apps, Reliance didn’t want to lose the opportunity, Android player app to the world in a hurry.