Google Meet will receive an updated user interface with a number of new web features in May. It will allow users to set a custom background for video calls and its web and mobile application. In parallel, users will be able to adjust and fix the boards to fit the meeting. Google Meet will also allow users to resize, reposition, or completely hide their feed. Google also said it is working to improve the efficiency of data on the network by introducing a way to save data.
Google on Wednesday announced updates to Google Meet in a blog post. 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 backgrounds are expected to be added soon.
There is another feature introduced for paid subscribers to Google Workspace, who will be able to access Autozoom. This feature helps users to focus clearly, zoom in and position themselves directly in the center. The technology giant said that this feature will be launched in the coming months.
Google is also adding another feature that will help users resize, reposition, or completely hide the video stream. Users will also be able to adapt where the content is distributed and who should be most visible. For example, in a meeting, it would be ideal to have the presentation and the presenter in front of you, and the new function in Meet will help you achieve this.
In addition, Google is also improving its use of network data by introducing a data-saving way for Meet. This feature will help limit the use of data on calls and also save data costs in countries such as India, Brazil and Indonesia. In parallel, Google Meet for Web will now analyze a user’s background during video calls. It can determine 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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