Google Meet's Hand Raise feature is getting a lot of updates. The search giant said that the new update would make it easier for people to notice the raised hand and address the person. Google Meet and several other video conferencing apps have replaced physical meetings due to the ongoing pandemic. Meanwhile, the companies are constantly working on features that would make the experience better and real.
Google Meet in its blog stated that the hand raise feature so that it is easier to notice and address raised hands. As per the new updates, Google has added an improved visual icon and animation on the video tile. The people tile of people who have raised hands will be made more visible in the video grid.
Google Meet will send an audio notification will be sent to the participants during a video call when a person raises hands for the first time. There will be a clickable notification that will show the number of raised hands and which links to an ordered queue of all participants with raised hands. Interestingly, the participant's hand will be automatically lowered when they are done speaking. The hand icon will disappear from the grid. Admins will not have any special control over this feature as it will be available to all participants.
The feature will be available in meetings organized by users with Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Business customers. However, users with Google Workspace Business Starter, as well as G Suite Basic customers. It would also not be available to users with personal Google Accounts.
Google said that it would gradually roll out the updates and users will most likely get it till June 30.
Earlier this month, Google had rolled out the ability to switch to virtual backgrounds from live backgrounds. Users can blur the background or select from Google's hand-picked images. Backgrounds such as office spaces, landscapes and abstract wallpapers will be available for use. The feature will be rolled out to iOS users as well, it is currently being in a phased manner for Android and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
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