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‘Say Namaste’ and Google Duo video conference apps booming today

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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Even after the lockdown has been lifted in many Indian areas, people still feel hesitant to go out for working. In fact, most people now prefer to work from home. In this scenario, conference video call apps have proved to be a necessity.

Zoom and Google Meet are two of the most famous video calling platforms as of now. The necessity and popularity of video calling apps are not only limited to office rooms. People for their personal use also find it useful to get in touch with their friends and family since traveling to spend some time with them also entails the risk of coming into contact with COVID-19.

However, since the lockdown began, the Government of India has asked its citizens to avoid using Zoom over some privacy issues and subsequently had asked of the homegrown startups to come up with similar apps minus the privacy risk. Mumbai based startup, Inscript has come up with a new video conferencing app called Say Namaste.

The video calling platform, at first, was available only through its website but it is now available both on Google Play Store as well as Apple App Store.

Keeping the privacy concerns, as voiced by the GoI in mind, Say Namaste is completely compliant with GDPR, or so claims the app’s CEO Anuj Garg.

As for its features, the app supports up to 50 participants in a group conference video call and comes with screen sharing, text mode, file sharing, and more. The screen sharing feature is similar to that of the Zoom app. The app also allows users to chat using text messages on the app during a video call. The file-sharing will make it easier for people to manage and share their files with everyone including but not limited to PDFs, presentations, images, video files, and a lot more.  Moreover, joining the app is also very easy. There is a Start or Join meeting button on the app, by clicking on it, the user will need to create code, and connect.

In other news, Google has also stepped up its game. Google Duo wants to give its users a satisfactory experience, and likewise keeping its users and their needs in mind, the tech giant has decided to expand the number of group call participants to 12. But Google has also hinted that the developers are working towards adding support for up to 32 people, but the major new addition is the support for shareable invite links.

Google Duo previously used the contact list on a phone, and the user could call only those available on the list. But now since a link could be shared, those who are not in the contact list could also become a part of the video conferencing session. Each link is unique and will be generated instantly and automatically once a group is created.

However, there is a catch. At least one of the participants has to be a part of the group maker’s Duo contact, and a third person could join using the link. If none of them are on the Duo contact, the group cannot be created. This shareable link is what made Google Duo different from Zoom and Google Meet, and it is exactly what will make it similar to both the apps.


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