Zoom for Home to expand to integrate Facebook, Amazon and Google

The latest announcement from Zoom involves prospective integrations to Facebook, Amazon and Google solutions to allow Zoom Meetings users to continue collaborating with colleagues, and extend integrated calendar and HD video and audio on these smart displays:

Zoom on Portal: The integration of Zoom into Facebook Portal will allow customers to leverage one-touch join face-to-face communication and digital whiteboarding, as well as Portal’s Smart Camera, which allows users to stay in frame. This will be available from September.

Zoom on Amazon Echo Show:  Alexa customers will soon be able to join Zoom video conferences from select Echo Show devices, which can be achieved using voice activation via Alexa. This will be rolled out later in 2020, starting on Echo Show 8 in the US.

Zoom on Google Nest Hub Max:  Zoom on Google Nest Hub Max will extend the capabilities of native high-quality Zoom video meetings onto the device. Fully integrated with Google Calendar and Google Assistant, customers will be able to leverage voice activation in order to join meetings. This is scheduled for roll out on assistant-enabled displays, including Nest Hub Max, by the end of 2020.

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“We’re excited to bring Zoom to these popular devices,” said Oded Gal, chief product officer at Zoom. “It’s more apparent than ever that people are looking for easy-to-use displays for their video communications needs, both professionally and personally.”

Micah Collins, director of Portal product management at Facebook, commented: “Together, Portal and Zoom create an immersive calling experience that can go from powering your workday to connecting you with family and friends, with one dedicated device.

“Portal’s big screen frees up your laptop so you can stay productive, while the AI-powered Smart Camera makes work and personal communication effortless by always keeping you in the frame.”

Brian Oliver, director of Alexa Communication, said: “It’s more important than ever to offer features like these to help people stay connected with their friends, family, and co-workers.

“We look forward to the launch of Zoom on Echo Show and to bringing another great video calling option to Alexa customers.”

Lilian Rincon, senior director of product management at Google Assistant, added: “One of the most popular ways people use Assistant-enabled smart displays is for video calling, and we want people to be able to use the video calling service of their choice to keep in touch with friends and family.

“Nest Hub Max and Google Assistant offer a number of ways to stay connected, and we are excited to bring even more options for our users.”

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Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst is Information Age's senior reporter, providing news and features around the hottest trends across the tech industry.

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