Google today announced a major update to its Meet video conferencing service. This update brings several UI tweaks for desktop users, as well as many new features, including multi-pinning, so you can highlight multiple feeds and more than just one feed. In addition to new AI-powered video features for light adjustment, autoscaling, and new data protection program features, these features limit data usage on slower mobile networks.
If you’re like me, you’re getting bored with video conferencing (so much so that I often turn off the camera). But the reality is that, whether we like it or not, these types of encounters will accompany us for the foreseeable future.
Google noted that today’s launch aims to make the conference “more immersive, inclusive and productive.” The new user interface doesn’t seem to bring fundamental changes, but it can put more controls and functions at your fingertips. Suggestion instead of hiding them in the menu. It also merges them in the bottom row, rather than merging the current system with the current system between the main menu bar and the other small menus at the top.
For presenters who do not want to see themselves on the screen, “Meet Now” also allows them to minimize or completely hide the video feed. If you really want to take a look at yourself, you can also pin the stream to a grid. elsewhere. Google said it also plans to soon allow it to turn off self-reliance signals on all “meeting” calls.
When it comes to pinning, one feature that seems particularly useful is the feature to highlight multiple feeds. For example, this new multi-pin feature will make it easier for you to focus on the most active participants in the chat. This feature will be released in the coming months.
In a few months, some of these highlighted feeds may seem more interesting (or annoying, depending on your point of view), because Google plans (but is not yet ready to launch) a new feature that is a video background alternative. Currently, Google only offers three scenarios: classroom, party, and forest. The company said more videos will appear, but it looks like it won’t be able to bring its own videos to this feature anytime soon.
Other new features in this version include the Meet function, which can automatically adjust the video stream to ensure that it is more visible in a dark environment while sitting in front of a bright background can enhance the video. This will be released in the next few weeks. There is also an auto-zoom feature, which can use AI to automatically enlarge your image and place it in the center of the screen. In the coming months, Google Workspace subscribers will be paid.