Soon you will have the ability to handle your Zoom video calls on a smart display, and you won't have to be too picky about which device you use.
Zoom announced that video calls are coming to popular smart displays, including the Google Nest Hub Max, Amazon Echo Show and Facebook Portal models. You can start an important business meeting or virtual class without tying up your computer or mobile device. In many cases, you only need to issue a single command. You can tell Alexa or Google Assistant to join my Zoom meeting, while Portal has a one-tap Join Meeting button.
This works with both free and paid Zoom accounts. Portal users also get collaboration tools like BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, and WebEx.
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It may take a while for the options to become available on your choice of smart screen. Portal users will get Zoom and other collaboration features through updates starting September. Nest Hub Max and Echo Show users will have to wait until late fall, however, and the Amazon rollout will not begin until Echo Show 8.
The additions reflect the reality of a pandemic of working at home and is learned are commonplace. To some extent, this is also an endorsement that smart displays benefit from multiple video chat services. Amazon, Google, and Facebook have launched their devices with a focus on their proprietary video chat capabilities. However, this clearly creates problems when friends and family prefer different platforms. Options like Zoom provide a shared service that many people can use, not just for school or work.