In a blog post, Google describes the roadmap for updates to Google’s Meet (formerly Hangouts) features in the coming months. As the number of users surges, the search giant will strive to accelerate the development of new features for individuals, teams, and organizations. For example, you can use Google Meet on the Nest Hub Max smart speaker to blur the background of a video call, or replace it with a custom image.
Google Meet will also improve the size of the number of people supported at meetings, and recently improved the interface layout to allow 16 people to share content with the screen. However, after the update, the platform will support 49 people with the same screen.
Other improvements can also enhance the meeting and efficiency experience of large enterprises, such as “hands up” to apply for a presentation and provide a question channel without affecting the dialogue.
Meeting hosts can view attendance, group discussion rooms, poll in real time, and provide easy access to controls such as mute, presentation, and joining meetings.
Google is also taking into account the need to create small meeting rooms as some employees return to work and many stay at home.
For example, as a reference to Asus’ starter kit, google Meet’s enhanced video features are easy to use to equip rooms of any size.
The company also plans to enable “Hey, Google” voice control for Google Meet hardware (currently beta) so that users can join or end meetings with simple voice commands without touching a screen or button.
The Jamboard Whiteboard Collaboration Experience will also introduce Google Meet, making it easy for remote team members to participate in group discussions from laptops or mobile devices.
Google Meet is now included in all G Suite subscriptions, and even if your organization does not use G Suite, users can access it through G Suite Essentials (register directly through the current email address).
This includes components such as Google Meet, Web Disk, Documents/Tables/Slides , and is free to use until September 30.