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Logitech Introduces Google Meet on Android: Unleashing the Power of Appliance-Based Devices



As the world becomes increasingly more familiar with Google Meet, the realiable, easy-to-use and versatile video conferencing platform. But the lesser-known aspect that offers simpler management for IT teams and robust features for users - the all-in-one Google Meet solution for rooms, also referred to as Google Meet on Logitech Android-based appliances, or "appliance mode". Google Meet on Android empowers users with video, audio, screen sharing, and more, all integrated into a single device, like a conference room camera, providing another solution for conference rooms and team workspaces.



Let's delv into the unique advantages of Google Meet on Android. This is informative for organisations seeking simpler, but comprehensive solutions for virtual collaboration in conference rooms. We'll additionally showcase the range of Anroid-based devices offered by Logitech, alongside an exploration of Logitech's software suite and the benefits it brings to IT administrators and teams.


What Are Appliance-Based Devices?


Let's start with the basics. What exactly characterises an appliance-based device?


In simple tearms, it represents an audio and video conference room solution with integrated computing capability built into the conference camera itself versus a room solution where the computing device sits seperate from the camera. This all-in-one conference camera is purposefully crafted to facilitate the hosting of vide conferences.



How does it differ from relying on a Meet Compute or laptop within the room? While a Meet Compute can serve multiple functions, including running video conference meetings, appliance devices are purpose-built to streamline the entire video conferencing experience, focusing solely on this key functionality without the need for an additional device.


Why Appliance-Based Devices?


Appliance-based devices simplify wiring and setup. In Logitech rooms, most setups for Google Meet on Android rooms require only a member of Logitech's Rally Bar family and a Tap. Traditional setups require a Rally Bar conference camera, a Tap device, and a Meet Compute system like the CTL Meet Compute System.


Rooms running an appliance-based devices have fewer devices and simpler setup. Take a look at the diagram below: there are three cabes connecting Rally Bar to power, the network, and the display, and a single cable linking Tap IP to the network.


Once the devices are setup, fewer devices and fewer wires means simpler monitoring, trouble shooting, and updating. Logitech devices also receive regular firmware updates, which introduce valuable new device features and enhancements. Additionally, we're working together with the team at Google to regularyly release enhancements and features for IT teams and end users.


So when aasking why appliance devices make sense for your meeting rooms, consider this: they streamline setup, reduce clutter, and offer simplified maintenance. Plus, with regular firmware updates and seamless integratin with the latest Google Meet features, Logitech's appliance-based solutions are always designed to provide the latest meeting room experience to your end-users.


Logitech Appliance-Based Devices


Logitech offers a comprehensive range of appliance-based solutions designed to suppport Google Meet on Android. Among these is our most popular soluion set: The Rally Bar family.


The Rally Bar family comprises of Logitech's signature all-in-one solutions that deliver superior audio and video quality, catered to different sizes of rooms:


  • Rally Bar: Designed for medium-large rooms, accomodating up to 20 participants

  • Rally Bar Mini: Ideal for small-medium rooms, accomodating up to 12 participants



Next, let's delve into the Tap IP meeting controller - an essential component of Logitech's lineup. The Tap IP device assumes a crucial role by providing seamless control and configuration capabilities for conference room devices right from the table. With the Tap IP, you gain the ability to start and stop meetings with a single touch, as well as control ky functions such as display settings, camera adjustments, and audio controls, all from a touch screen interface.


Logitech's suite of appliance-based solutions is designed to cater to rooms of all sizes, providing organisations with precisely tailored options and a comprehensive range of features. These solutions empoer organisations to create conference room experiences that are both straightforward and highly effective.


Logitech Software


While Logitech devices boast impressive specs and performance, it's the software that truly sets them apart.


For appliance-based devices, CollabOS serves as the unifying operating system for Logitech video collaboration devices. It not only powers Google Meet as a platform but also offers configurable device settings for finetuning device performance. CollabOS is also the communication interface with Logitech's remote management software, Sync.



With Sync, IT teams gain comprehensive control, allowing them to monitor devices, define settings, and efficiently manage the updating process remotely. Additionally, Syncy provides invaluable insights into device and room usage, enabling better decision-making.


Together, CollabOS and Sync offer an array of benefits:

  1. Simple Provisioning: CollabOS and Sync provide various options to streamline and simply the initial device setup process.

  2. Controllerd Updating and Cascading: Sync enables update validation in groups, allowing for version control and facilitating update cascading.

  3. Flexible Monitoring: Monitoring can be done either through Google Admin or through Sync, providing flexibility in managing devices.

  4. Insights: Sync's insights provide valuable userr data, empowering IT and facilities to make informed decisions to optimise productivity and ensure equitable meeting experiences.

  5. Advanced Management: CollabOS and Sync offer advanced management capabilities, including group settings, remote rebooting, and firmware version control.


By harnessing the combines power of CollabOS and Sync, organisations can unlock simplified provisioning, efficient management, and valuable insights, elevating their video conferencing capabilities to new heights of productivity and collaboration.


Security and Privacy


Security and privacy are critical aspects of the desing of all Logitech VC products. CollabOS runs on Android 10, which provides best-in-class security, privacy, and performance.


Logitech products are developed using a secure dvelopment lifecycle that follows industry best practices during product design, development, and fielding. Logitech meets and exceeds security expectations by building in security from the earliest design phases.


This includes a product design review by a Security Review Board composed of security experts from across the organisation. Logitech rigoursly verify the security of systems and software during development and testing. And they follow STRIDE, the industry standard for classifying security threats.


Logitech appliance-based solutions provide integrated video, audio, and screen sharing, providing right-sized options for rooms of all sizes. they're accompanied by impressive feature sets that ensure productive and equitable meetings for hybrid teams.


Complementing Logitech's hardware, their software solutions offer advanced management capabilities, valuable insights, and continuous updates to device features and intelligence. By embracing Logitech's appliance-based solutions, organisations can create efficient conference room experiences that optimises productivity and collaboration.


Visit Logitech & Google's page to unlock the potential of seamless video conferencing on the Google Meet platform.


Article by: Logitech

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