Google Meet has a more spacious design and video backgrounds

Previously, a business-only service, Google Meet was open to everyone last year as a highly contagious virus began to make the rounds, and people needed a tool to effectively replace face-to-face meetings. . While Zoom remains without a doubt the most popular option, Google Meet has quickly become a very solid alternative, with a huge set of features and market share. Google Meet now gets a redesign, as well as options to make your calls more accessible and attractive.

The new design from Google Meet, as announced in an official blog post, includes a more spacious design, which focuses more on video streams, taking up as much empty space as possible with tiles for each person’s feed, which are also more in line with Google’s current design language (the mobile version of the app also received a redesign not long ago) instead of the current grid-shaped view. Conversely, if you don’t want to see your own face in a call, the new, modern-looking interface also lets you minimize or hide your own video stream, and there are also changes to how video streams are fixed and fixed: for example, you can highlight both a presentation and the speaker, or several speakers at the same time.

Other added features include a data-saving feature that can optimize video calls over slower internet connections by limiting data usage, which is quite useful in countries with slower internet or expensive data plans. The low light mode, which was also introduced in the Google Meet application on mobile, is also heading to the web version. This feature can automatically detect if there is too much or too little light and / or exposure on a user’s face and can improve the video stream so that it looks much clearer. Autozoom is also designed to improve visibility by automatically positioning you in front of the camera.

Last but not least, video backgrounds go to Google Meet, which can change the background of your video stream to anything you want. We previously had image backgrounds for your calls, which allowed you to either select from a list of backgrounds or upload your own image. Animated backgrounds are now available, and Google lets you select from an initial list of 3: a class, a party, and a forest.

These features are expected to begin launching in the coming weeks, although Autozoom will be available at least to Enterprise users at first.