Live Hangouts are resurrected thanks to Google Meet bringing YouTube live streams to Gmail: clear, right?

GoogleRemember Hangouts on Live? The feature had been made available to all users by Google in 2012 and allowed streaming live video using the Google+ interface and tools, as well as recording it and then inserting it into your Youtube channel . Ten years have passed and Hangouts and Google+ are now buried in Google’s crowded graveyard, but with the pandemic video calls and direct calls have become the norm, so the Mountain View company decided to “reclaim” the old idea by offering it with the increasingly powerful Google Meet. Indeed, with a post on its blog, the search giant has just announced the possibility for all Gmail users to broadcast Google Meet events in live streaming on YouTube. Obviously, to be able to use the function, you must have a YouTube channel approved for live streaming (this can take up to 24 hours from the time you request it so in case prepare in advance). Once approved, you can start a live stream:

– by accessing the Meet Activity panel
– select live broadcast
– select a YouTube channel from the list
– For Workspace users, the feature must be enabled by the administrator.

The feature was previously available for users such as business and education, but now Google has extended it to Google users with personal accounts as well, which obviously expands its user base enormously. Here are the accounts for which it is available:

– Google Workspace Enterprise Starter, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade customers
– individual Google Workspace users
– Members of the Google One Premium plan in certain countries
– users with personal Google accounts

Here are the accounts for which it is not available:

– The essentials of Google Workspace
– Business starter
– Commercial standard
– Business Plus
– Business Essentials
– Education standard
– Fundamentals of Education
– First line
– Non-profit
– former G Suite Basic and Business customers

We remind you that the free version of Google Meet allows a group video call lasting one hour , and to be able to unlock it you must subscribe to Google One Premium (from 2 TB and above). Google Meet YouTube Live Streaming is available starting today and will be rolling out in the coming weeks.