Google Meet, the video conferencing application is set to get new features like allowing users to set custom backgrounds and blur effects in the background during video calls. This is Google Meet’s bid to get closer to its rival video conferencing applications Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and more. The user can choose the background images from the few default options available or upload a new one.
According to The Verge, the wide range of features which will be available to users on Google Meet include real-time captioning, low light mode, hand-raising, and a tile view which can include up to 49 participants at once. Users can also join or end meetings with a voice command.
Google Meet has been playing catch-up with the popular video conferencing application Zoom since it was made free for anyone with a Google account and linking it to Gmail. Zoom became popular as office-goers were forced to work from home, students attended online classes instead of going to school, college, etc due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per Google’s data, the number of users has improved significantly as it surpassed 100 million daily Meet meeting participants.
Google’s move to lift the time limit off free calls until September 30 has also attracted more users. G Suite essentials also bring advanced features to Google Meet like dial-in phone numbers, larger meetings, and meeting recordings along with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides for content creation and real-time collaboration.
In comparison to the video-conferencing giant Zoom, Google Meet also provides end-to-end encryption to its free users (available till September 30). On the other hand, Zoom doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption to users who use the free version of the app.
However, Zoom has an edge over Google Meet with it’s waiting room feature where you can add/remove participants giving the host more control over the meeting.