Google Meet to Get Background Blur, Captioning, and Low-Light Mode

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Google Meet will soon allow users to add images or a blur effect to backgrounds on video calls, reports 9to5Google.


In addition, Google told The Verge that it is working on several other features that should make Meet more competitive against rival videoconferencing platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

These new options include real-time captioning, a low-light mode, hand-raising, and a tile view of up to 49 other people on a video call.

No release date for the upcoming features has been given, but Google is understood to be previewing some of them to education and enterprise customers.

Google made its premium Meet service free to use in April, and the company followed that up by announcing Meet integration for Gmail on iOS and Android.

Anyone interested in using Google Meet can download the Hangouts Meet iOS app from the App Store or head to meet.google.com to use the web browser version.

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13 weeks ago


Google’s latest me too product that will probably have 5 rebrands.

Coming soon: Google Bunch.



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13 weeks ago
Cool! I'm gonna make a Google Meet background image of Sundar Pichai looking over my shoulder. :p
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13 weeks ago
Something tells me that the people on the image have absolutely nothing to do with each other in real life. :)
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13 weeks ago


Don’t know who I trust less ?
Google or
Zoom???

Well, at least you can assume Zoom will still be offering their videoconference product a few years down the road. Google will probably have killed Meet off by then and cycled through a couple replacements.
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13 weeks ago
I love how everyone has perfect head height photos.

Yeah like anyone’s webcam is positioned like that.
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13 weeks ago
Google Meet allowed my son to learn remotely for 10 weeks once the schools closed down. The school went from never using the platform to 100% live online lessons in one day. Google Classroom was amazing. All the misdirected hate should be addressed to Apple, which has nothing to offer at all.

Google is improving Google Meet while Apple is not even working on creating an educational platform that’s suitable for remote learning.

Schools will be closed the next school year. My son’s school will be using Google Classroom. If they bring these new features (especially raising hands) by the beginning of the school year, this will make Google Classroom even more awesome.
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