The video conferencing service by Google, i.e., Google Meet is going to get a major feature update. The company said that the users requested some features in this coronavirus pandemic. So, it is going to add in the top-requested features of Google Meet. Some of the new features which are going to add are AI-enhanced low-light mode, tab-focused presentation mode, and noise cancellation. Google announces that it is going to increase the tiled layout for larger calls. The update of Google Meet is now rolling out globally.
Improvements in Google Meet Layout
Earlier, the tiled layout allows the user to see only four people at a time. But, now Google is increasing the layout on Meet’s Web client so the users can see the maximum of 16 participants together. The company also said that this layout might get an update again after some. So, after that, it will allow more participants to join the video meeting.
Google said in a blog post that more updates are coming for the big meetings, better presentation layouts, and support the more devices. Still, it is not clear that the layout-update will roll out on the app version of Meet or not.
Google said in a post that Meet will create a layout automatically when the participants join a group meeting. The users can switch the layouts by a tap on the three vertical dots at the lower-right corner of the Meet screen. After that, the users have to select the Change layout, and then they have to choose any one layout option.
Better low-light performance
To improve the video and audio quality on Meet, Google is using its AI technology. The company said in the blog post that the AI would adjust the video automatically so the users will get more visible to other participants in sub-optimal lighting conditions. Right now, the Low-light mode is rolled out for the mobile users, for the Web users, it will come in the future.
Now, Meet can do filter out background distractions by the AI noise cancellation feature to restrict the pause during a video meeting. Google said the feature would roll out in the coming weeks to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. They will first start with the Web users and then go to mobile users.
Google Meet is finding ways to make the presentations easy and neat during a group meeting. Now, the users can show a Chrome tab directly without showing the entire window or the screen. This feature is useful while sharing a video or an audio file in a meeting. Google said that the present a Chrome tab feature would roll out today. But, it is not clear that it will roll out on the app or the Web client of Meet.
With these new updates, Google aims to give tough competition to apps like Zoom Cloud Meetings that gained a lot of popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the countries announced the nationwide lockdown, so all the employees are using video conferencing apps to do social distancing.
Javier Soltero, Google vice president, said in the last week that Google Meet is adding around 2 million new users daily and have more than 100 million education users over 150 countries. He also said that the Google Meet would also add the features which are mentioned above soon.