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Google Meet Updates We've All Been Waiting For

With the increase in remote working and organizations having to rapidly encourage cloud adoption , Google is seeing a growing number of people connecting through Google Meet. With an increase in users comes an increase in feedback, which has allowed Google to improve their application at an exceedingly fast pace.

During the Global lockdown Google have extended their advanced Meet features for all G Suite customers, in an effort to allow users to be as collaborative and productive as possible. In order to maintain quality of the service and appease the expanding number of users, Google have also expedited development to bring users four of the most requested Meet features.

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Tiled layout for larger calls

The expanded tiled layout now lets web users simultaneously see up to 16 participants at once (previously, tiled layouts only enabled you to see four people at a time). More updates are on the way for larger meetings, better presentation layouts, and support across more devices.

Present higher-quality video content with audio

Users now have the option to present a Chrome tab (instead of just presenting their window or entire screen). If you need to share high-quality video with audio content in meetings, select this option for the best experience for remote viewers. The “present a Chrome tab” feature is rolling out to general availability as of this week.

Low-light mode

Meet can now use AI to automatically adjust your video to make you more visible to other participants in sub-optimal lighting conditions. This feature is currently rolling out to mobile users, and will be available to web users in the future.

Noise cancellation

To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Meet can now intelligently filter out background distractions — like your dog barking or keystrokes as you take meeting notes. Noise cancellation will begin rolling out in the coming weeks to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers starting with web users and later to mobile users.

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As more businesses drive cloud adoption, and recognise that working remotely is not only possible, but a benefit to be able to offer employees, we’re set to see the rise in video conferencing continue. The use of Google AI will become evermore present in the application and facilitate further improvements to Google Meet’s user experience and meeting quality.

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