Tech News: Google Meet to get background replacement videos soon.
Google Workspace has announced several updates to Google Meet that should make your video calls more attractive and flexible. One of them is the addition of video background replacement, which should make things a little more vibrant than static backgrounds. The first lot includes a classroom, a party, and a forest, with more on the way. They will be available in the coming weeks.
Starting next month, Google will be revamping the UI for Meet desktop users, with more features to customize how video panels are displayed. You’ll have more control over your video feed, with the ability to keep it in the grid or make it a floating window that you can move and resize. You will be able to minimize and hide your video feed. Google also plans to add an option to completely disable your feed for all Meet conversations.
You can unlink the presentation tile so that the tile is the same size as other attendees’ feeds. This way you can see more people and get a better idea of their reactions. There will also be a way to block more feeds in the coming months. Meanwhile, Google has moved all controls to the always-on bottom bar. This should give you more vertical screen space to see other people and the content they share.
If you are joining Meet conversations from a mobile device, you might be happy to hear that a data saving mode is coming this month. This is especially useful if you have a data limit or live in a region with high data costs. Over the next few months, the web version of Meet will be able to automatically enhance the brightness of your videos if they appear underexposed. Similar low-light functionality was already available in Meet’s mobile and desktop apps last year.
Another AI feature will arrive in the coming months, but will only be available to paid subscribers. Auto zoom automatically centers your face in the feed and keeps it there, even as you move.