Zoom is Coming to Amazon, Facebook, and Google Smart Displays

Posted on August 19, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Smart Home with 9 Comments

Zoom announced today that it is bringing its video meeting service to smart displays made by Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

“Zoom today announced that Zoom for Home is expanding to smart displays including Amazon Echo Show, Portal from Facebook, and Google Nest Hub Max, bringing Zoom to widely-used devices and broadening their capabilities to the work environment,” the firm announced. “By adding Zoom to these devices, users can more easily connect with friends, family, and now, colleagues, helping them to work smarter, build stronger relationships, and meet face-to-face through video collaboration.”

Availability will vary by device. Zoom plans to bring its service to Facebook Portal in September, with availability on other smart displays expected to be available by the end of the year.

Zoom on Facebook Portal will let customers use a device that “blends into their home and brings one-touch join face-to-face communication and digital whiteboarding for all your Zoom Meetings,” Zoom notes. Zoom on Portal will be available on Portal Mini, Portal and Portal+ with support for Portal TV in the future, the firm adds.

Alexa users will soon be able to join Zoom video conferences from select Echo Show devices in the U.S., starting with the Echo Show 8. Customers will be able to “access high-quality meeting experiences by simply saying, ‘Alexa, join my Zoom meeting’,” Zoom explains. Alexa will also automatically start scheduled meetings entirely hands-free if you’ve previously linked your calendar in the Alexa app.

Finally, Zoom on Google Nest Hub Max will integrate with Google Calendar and Google Assistant and will offer hands-free controls with commands such as “Hey Google, join my next meeting.”

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Zoom is Coming to Amazon, Facebook, and Google Smart Displays”

  1. jf-nyc

    Do you see Teams adding this functionality too?

  2. MutualCore

    You now who isn't all all these devices that actual people use? Yeah, MS Teams.

  3. murray judy

    Virtually every Echo Show I've seen was placed on a kitchen counter. Not the best place to join a meeting.

    I think that the Surface Pro is the best Zoom or Teams device. I can dedicate it to the meeting and put it adjacent to my PC and work during the meeting. Portability and touch screen make it extra useful.