Google to Add New Features to Meet Video Calls

Google to Add New Features to Meet Video Calls

Google is adding new features to its video-conferencing app, Meet, such as allowing users to add images or blur effect to background on video calls.

With these new features, users will be able to choose their own image or pick from several default options. Google, however, confirmed that apart from the added features, it would also be including real-time captioning, low-light mode, hand-rising, and a view of up to 49 meeting participants will be rolled out to consumer version of Meet.

Although the company did not provide when the feature will be available, 9to5 reported that Meet is previewing some features for its education and enterprise customers.

Google Meet was incorporated in Gmail last month; adding a sidebar link and making meetings of up to 100 with no time limits; and available to anyone with a Google Account. This move was as a result of Meet trying to supersede its rival Zoom. Zoom has gained a massive increase since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic; as people are now working remotely.

Google and Microsoft are doing all it can to match up to Zoom. To match up, Microsoft has grown its Teams app to 75 million daily active users; while Meet recently exceeded 100 million daily Meet meeting participants.

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