Google Meet will get a refreshed UI with a host of new features for Web in May. It will allow users to set a customized background for video calls for its web and mobile application as well. In parallel, users will be able to customize and pin tiles to suit the meeting. Google Meet will also allow users to resize, relocate or hide their feed completely. Google also said that it is working on making Meeting more network efficient by introducing Data Saving mode.
Google announced the updates for Google Meet via a blog post on Wednesday. In an effort to compete against Zoom, Google has introduced specific video call backgrounds. Users can choose from a variety of images and videos but it is not confirmed whether users can upload and use their own content for this feature. For video backgrounds, users can choose between classroom, party and forest. More backgrounds are expected to be added soon.
Another feature is being introduced for paid Google Workpace subscribers, who will be able to access Autozoom. This feature helps users focus clearly, zoom in and place them squarely in the middle. The tech giant said this feature will be rolled out in the coming months.
Google is also adding another feature that will help users resize, relocate or hide their video feed completely. Users will also be able to adjust where content is being shared and who should be most visible. For example, at a meeting it would be ideal to have the presentation and presenter in advance and the new feature in Meet will help achieve this.
In addition, Google is also improving its use of network data by introducing Saving Data for Meeting mode. This feature will help limit the use of call data and also help save data costs in countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia. In parallel, Google Meet for Web will now analyze a user’s background during video calls. It can detect when a user is in a dark environment and can automatically increase the brightness to improve the user’s visibility during the call.
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