Google meet takes on zoom: blur background, polling and other features

Google is reportedly previewing a couple of new features for Meet to take on Zoom. The new features will include 49 people in a single video call for free/non-enterprise users, 100-people video calls for Google Nest users, blurred and custom backgrounds, new moderator controls, polling, and “hand-raising”.

Google is reportedly previewing a couple of new features for Meet to take on Zoom. The new features will include 49 people in a single video call for free/non-enterprise users, 100-people video calls for Google Nest users, blurred and custom backgrounds, new moderator controls, polling, and “hand-raising”.

Google Meet currently allows only 16 participants in one call, which has put it behind Facebook’s Messenger Rooms and Zoom. To take on Zoom, Google has announced a free Meet user will allow up to 49 participants in one video call.

Like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other popular video conferencing apps, Google Meet will allow users to blur your background or replace it entirely. Google will offer a number of default backgrounds as well as allow users to upload their own custom backgrounds while making a video call. It is worth noting that admins can disable this functionality. This feature will be available to Google Meet users soon.

Just like offices, the Google Meet would also get Meeting Attendance feature, this would help the host in knowing who all and how many people have attended the meeting. Apart from this, there is a Breakout Rooms feature which would let the host split large meetings into smaller groups. So that the participants can continue simultaneous discussions and get back to the main meeting once their discussion is over. There will also be an additional moderator control which would let the host control the main operations of the app which includes presenting, joining, muting, and all.

Earlier, Google Meet had received the noise cancellation feature for the GSuite enterprise and G Suite enterprise for education users.

With the new features, Google is looking to take on the big players in the video conferencing game, more precisely, Zoom.


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