The Indian government recently banned a total of 59 Chinese apps in the country amidst security concerns raised by intelligence agencies. This has resulted in the growing popularity of local alternatives for popular apps in India.
Reliance Jio seems to be riding the ‘Made in India’ wave and has become the first telecom operator in India to launch its own teleconferencing app. The telco has launched JioMeet in India, which takes on popular video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and more. While JioMeet offers several useful features like group calls with up to 100 participants, it seems to be heavily inspired by Zoom, right down to the interface and design elements.
JioMeet – a Zoom clone?
JioMeet and Zoom – a thread.
Screen 1 – Landing Page. pic.twitter.com/TC1HEJLUX1
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While JioMeet has is positioning itself as an Indian alternative to Zoom, it looks like the app designers decided to completely copy the interface of the US-based video conferencing app. From the landing page to meetings to contacts to settings, it’s pretty hard to tell the two apps apart, with JioMeet even adopting the same colour schemes and in-app icons. The thread above shows the similarities between the two apps.
As for what you get with the app, JioMeet offers enterprise-grade host controls and supports both one-on-one as well as group calls with up to 100 participants. The free app lets users host unlimited meetings in a day with password protection and a waiting room feature.
The JioMeet app comes with multi-login support on up to five devices, letting you switch between devices during a call. The platform has apps on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. If you don’t want to download an app, you can also use the web interface. However, at present JioMeet is only supported on Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.
Other features of the app include safe driving mode, screen sharing, scheduled meetings and more. Users will need to sign up with their phone number or email ID to be able to use the service.