Google Meet Is Developing New Features For Education And Enterprise Clients

Just recently Google announced that Nest Hub Max will soon add support for the Google Meet group video conversation. And now, the company revealed that it is developing even more features for Google Meet. The new features are focused on providing an enhanced experience for students and educators. Google Meet will soon allow users to blur their background or use a custom background. Other new features include new moderation controls and hand raising.

Popular video calling apps including Zoom allow users to blur their background. Google will provide various default custom background, and users will also be able to upload their own custom background. You may also note that admins will be able to disable this option.

According to the company, the new frames will help students and teachers to feel comfortable while on video calls from their houses. Google will roll out these custom backgrounds in the upcoming few months.

Recently, Google introduced a 16- participant tile view, and now the company plans to provide a UI that can fit up to 49 persons at one time. The Hand raising features allow participants to ‘raise their hands’ if they have a query. Moreover, the Meeting attendance tool will allow meeting hosts to see who attended their meeting.

Google is also developing a new ‘Breakout rooms’ feature which will make it convenient for large meetings to split into groups for parallel discussions and then reconvene after finishing. Users will be able to engage participants in large meetings with the Polling feature, and additional moderation controls will provide more controls such as presenting, joining, and muting, etc. However, the company did not make clear when these features will roll out.

Later this year, more moderation controls will be rolled out for educators which will allow them to control meeting requests via a ‘less intrusive’ interface. If a teacher will eject someone from the meeting, they will not be able to knock again, and a knock will not appear after a moderator has rejected the request for two times.

Additionally, Google Meet will allow educators to end the meeting for all students, and the company will soon block any anonymous person from joining any Education meeting by default. However, schools will be able to allow anonymous attendees to join a meeting.

The ‘Hey Google’ voice control for Google Meet hardware kits will exit the beta version in the upcoming few weeks. They will be generally made available for Logitech devices and Asus. It has also been reported that the company will soon introduce a virtual whiteboard for Google Meet via Jamboard.

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