Google Meet will have an updated user interface in May with a number of new features for the web. It allows users to set a custom video call background for the web and mobile application. Users can also customize and pin tiles to the meeting. With Google Meet, users can also resize their feed, reposition it, or hide it entirely. Google also said it is working to make Meet more efficient on the network by introducing a data saver mode.
Google announced the updates for Google Meet on Wednesday via a blog post. To keep up with Zoom, Google introduced custom backgrounds for video calls. Users can choose from a wide variety of images and videos, but it has not been confirmed that users can upload and use their own content for this feature. For video backgrounds, users can choose between a classroom, a party, and a forest. More backgrounds are expected to be added soon.
Another feature will be introduced for paid Google Workspace subscribers who can access Autozoom. This feature allows users to be clearly focused, magnified, and positioned exactly in the center. The tech giant said this feature will be rolled out in the coming months.
Google also adds another feature that allows users to resize, reposition, or hide their video feed. Users can also customize where content is shared and who should be most visible. For example, in a meeting it would be ideal to have the presentation and moderator in the foreground, and the new feature in Meet helps to achieve this.
In addition, Google is improving the use of network data by introducing a data-saving mode for Meet. This function helps to limit the data usage during calls and to save data costs in countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia. In addition, Google Meet for Web now analyzes a user’s background during video calls. It can detect when a user is in a dark environment and automatically increase the brightness to improve the user’s visibility during the call.
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