- Google Meet blur background and 49-person tile view features are now live.
- As of now, the features are available to desktop users of the Chrome browser.
- Google has separately announced a screen sharing feature for the Google Duo app.
Google Meet users can now blur backgrounds for focussed meetings and lesser distractions. They can also view 49 participants on their screens using tiled-view. Google, in a blog, noted that the blur background feature will work within users' Chrome browsers on Windows and Mac desktop devices. The support for Chrome, OS and Meet mobile apps will roll out soon.
"When it's turned on, Meet will intelligently separate you from the background, blurring your surroundings while keeping you clear and in focus," Google said.
To turn on the blur background feature while in a meeting:
--Click More on the bottom right.
--Click turn on background blur.
To turn on background blur before a meeting:
--Go to meet.google.com and then select the meeting.
--On the bottom right of your self-view, click Turn on background blur.
--Click Join Now.
According to Google, blurring background may slow down users' device and they may want to turn this feature off to allow other apps to run faster on computer. Google had rolled out its noise cancellation feature in June that enables users to cancel background noise.
Google has also launched a new feature in its Meet app where users can see up to 49 people. The 49 people view can be enabled in Tiled and Auto layouts. This feature is again only available on the web, while users have to actively enable it. The default tile number is set to 9 in Auto layout and 16 in Tiled.
Users can enable the views from the Change Layout panel, where they will find a new Tiles slider. Users also have the option to add themselves as a tile by hovering over the top-right thumbnail. This feature is useful for group screenshots.
Moreover, Google, in a separate tweet said that Google Duo is getting a screen-sharing feature. "Share more moments with your friends on Google Duo. Now you can use screen-sharing to browse photos and videos together, and plan activities all while on a video call," the tweet read. The feature will let Google Duo users on video call browse photos, videos and other media simultaneously. However, the other person on the video call will see the person's screen feed.
The screen sharing feature is available for Android users, as per reports, and is likely to roll out for the web in the future. It is not clear if the screen sharing feature is a server side update or the app needs to be updated to access it.