Google Meet will receive a new user interface with a number of new features for the web in May. It will allow users to set a custom wallpaper for video calls for its web and mobile application as well. In addition, users will be able to adjust and pin the tiles to fit the meeting. Google Meet will also allow users to resize, reposition, or hide their feed entirely. Google also said it is working to make Meet more efficient than network data by introducing a Data Saver mode.
Google announced updates for Google Meet via a blog post on Wednesday. In an effort to compete with Zoom, Google has introduced custom backgrounds for video calls. Users can select from a variety of images and videos, but it has not been confirmed whether users can upload and use their own content for this feature. For video backgrounds, users can choose between a class, a party and a forest. More wallpapers will be added soon.
Another feature has been introduced for Google Workspace paid subscribers, who will be able to access Autozoom. This feature allows users to be clearly focused, zoomed in and positioned exactly in the center. The tech giant said this feature will roll out in the coming months.
Google also adds another feature that will help users resize, reposition, or hide their video feed altogether. Users will also be able to adjust where content is shared and who should be most visible. For example, in a meeting the ideal would be to have the presentation and presenter in the foreground, and the new Meet functionality will help achieve this.
Additionally, Google is also improving its usage of network data by introducing a Data Saver mode for Meet. This feature will help limit data usage during calls and also help save data costs in countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia. Additionally, Google Meet for the 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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