Google has released a latest update to its video conferencing platform, Google Meet, that has been quite instrumental in COVID times remote working scenario.
The new updated is aimed at making work processes easier for office goers so they can collaborate and manage their day to day schedules. Below are the following new updates for Google Meet that Google announced yesterday:
In-meeting reactions will let Google Meet users select emojis including thumbs up, laugh out loud, heart, thumbs down, surprise, and clapping as a response to or give their feedback to other participants in the meeting. The screenshot of this feature that has been shared by the company reflects that users will also be able to change these emojis using the Settings menu that appears right next to these emojis when they click the Clock icon placed right next to the Screen Sharing button. The Screen Sharing button can be seen in the meeting controls at the bottom of an ongoing Google meet screen.
Google has further said that these reactions will appear in a participant’s video tile, or overflow alongside their name if their video tile isn’t visible. This feature will be available soon.
Google Meet has introduced support for picture-in-picture mode or the PiP mode. In a recent blog post, Google has mentioned that it is bringing picture-in-picture to Google Meet running on Chrome browsers for helping presenters and multitaskers see their audience while navigating different tabs and windows. This feature will be available starting April.
Google blog explained that Meet users will be able to see up to four video tiles of meeting attendees in a floating window on top of other applications as they share content or send a message in Gmail. Clicking on picture-in-picture will quickly take them back to the full Meet session.
Meet in Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Google is also ready to bring Meet directly to Docs, Sheets, and Slides in the coming weeks. With this feature, Google Meet users can quickly start a meeting and bring it to a document, spreadsheet, or presentation as well as be able to present this content to all the meeting attendees.
Improved companion mode
Google has formally announced it is working on improving companion mode, which gives in-room meeting attendees a way to stay engaged using their personal devices while leveraging in-room audio and video. The company said that in the forthcoming months, people in conference rooms will also be able to add their own personal video tiles from Companion mode and their laptop camera, which will make it easier for other attendees to see their expressions and gestures.
Google is also in plans to roll out an update in May 2022 to bring optional client-side encryption in Google Meet thus giving users “direct control of the encryption keys and identity provider used to access those keys,” the company said.
Other than the above, Google is working to deliver a few more features by the end of this year including letting livestream attendees participate in Q&A and polls, enabling meeting hosts to stream meetings directly to YouTube from the Meet activities tab.