Google today announced a significant update to Meet, its video-meeting service, which brings a few user interface tweaks for desktop users, just as a lot of new functionality, including multipinning so you can highlight multiple feeds rather than only one, just as new AI-driven video capabilities for light adjustments, autozoom and new Data Saver feature that limits data usage on slower mobile networks.
In case you’re in any way similar to they, you’re progressively tired on video meetings (to where they regularly keep the camera off). In any case, actually this style of meeting will be with us for the foreseeable future, if they like them.
Google takes note of that the present release is intended to make meetings “more immersive, inclusive and productive.” The new UI doesn’t seem to be an radical change, yet it puts a greater amount of the controls and features right at your fingertips instead of hiding them in a menu. It likewise consolidates them in the bottom row instead of the current system that spreads out features between the main menu bar and an additional small menu at the top.
For moderators who would prefer not to see themselves on the screen, Meet currently likewise allows you minimize or completely hide your own video feed — and on the off chance that you truly need to glance into your own eyes, you can likewise pin your feed to the rest of the grid. Google says it additionally plans to before long allow you turn off your self-feed across all Meet calls.
Looking at pinning, one feature that appears to be particularly helpful is the capacity to highlight multiple feeds. This new multipinning capacity will make it simpler to zero in on the participants in a chat that are most active, for instance. This feature will carry out in the coming months.
Also, arriving in a couple of months, a portion of those highlighted feeds may look a touch really interesting (or annoying, depending on your point of view) since one new feature Google has planned — yet isn’t good to go out yet — is video background replacement. For the present, Google will just offer three scenes: a study hall, a gathering and a woodland. The organization says more will follow, yet it doesn’t seem as though you’ll have the option to carry your videos to this feature anytime soon.
Other new highlights in this release include Meet’s capability to automatically spruce up your video feed a bit to ensure you’re more apparent in a dark environment and improve your video when you are sitting before a bright background. This will carry out in the coming weeks. There’s likewise autozoom, which uses AI to automatically zoom in on you and put you in the middle of your frame. That is coming to paid Google Workspace subscribers in the coming months.