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Google Officially Unveils Chromebox, Integrates UberConference App for Meetings
Google has seen the future of technology. And a bit of it was brought into light after the Mountain View, California-based tech giant recently revealed its "Chromebox for meetings" device - aimed at businesses both small and large.
As the name suggests, the new Chromebox from Google is basically a videoconferencing tool that has been designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold and co-ordinate face-to-face business meetings even if participants of the meeting are scattered in different parts of the planet.
Chromebox for meetings, as revealed by Google, brings together Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage Chromebox, thus making it simpler for any company to have high-definition video meetings any time it wants.
Apparently, via the new Chromebox, up to 15 participants can join the video meeting from other conference rooms via their laptops, tablets or smartphones. However, users can also connect with other clients even if the client doesn't have a Chromebox - all he needs in this instance is a Gmail account.
"You can also connect to rooms that have traditional video conferencing systems using a new tool from Vidyo, and participants who prefer phones can join your meeting with a conference call number from UberConference," the official blog for the same states.
Speaking about UberConference, it is the first audio conferencing app available through Google+ Hangouts that was released in conjunction with Google's Chromebox for meetings announcement.
The company states that the UberConference app provides a different dedicated phone number for each Hangout so that a traditional Hangout video conference call can be accessed by telephone from anywhere.
"We're thrilled Google chose UberConference as its first audio integration with Chromebox for meetings, providing the flexibility that people need, because not everyone has access to a webcam or internet all the time but still needs to be on the Hangout," said Craig Walker, UberConference CEO and co-founder.
"Together, Chromebox for meetings and UberConference have mastered the perfect conference call, bridging both video and audio calls together in Hangouts and bringing simplicity and affordability to meetings."
As of now, the Chromebox is only available in the U.S. with the company also looking to launch the device in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the U.K. It is to be seen if Google plans to launch the same for businesses in India as well in the future.