Zoom Arrives on Google, Echo, and Portal Smart Displays

A Google Nest Hub Max with a Zoom calendar appointment displayed.
Google

Now that Work From Home is becoming the new normal, video conference from home is the new regular work meeting. But webcams are hard to come by, and so are decent microphones. What if you could use your smart display? If you’re a Zoom user, chances are now you can, whether it’s a Googe, Echo Show, or Portal device.

Zoom recently partnered with DTEN to offer its own video conferencing hardware, but at $600, it’s not the most affordable solution. The most affordable solution is always going to be the things you already own.

If you have a webcam and a microphone, you’re all set. But if you don’t, you’ll be hardpressed to find any good options in stock. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives, and now you have even more.

A Portal display with a Zoom app on the screen.
Facebook

Zoom announced today it now works on Google, Echo Show, and Portal smart displays. The process differs from device to device, though. If you own a Google Assistant display with a camera, like the Nest Hub Max, Google will pull up your Zoom meetings from your Google Calendar. Just say, Hey Google, join my next meeting.

When ZOom arrives on Amazon Echo Show this fall, you’ll be able to use a voice command, but that’s optional. If your linked calendar already has the meeting room and details plugged in, your Echo display will start the call automatically.

The Portal implementation, coming this September, relies on a Zoom app you’ll install to your display. By utilizing an app, the Portal will still use its smart camera technology to keep you in frame. Initially, you’ll only be able to use Zoom on Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal+. Support for Portal TV will arrive later.

Source: Zoom

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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