Google Meet will now let you use custom backgrounds on video calls

Google is introducing custom backgrounds for its Meet videoconferencing platform, the corporate introduced in a weblog submit. If you use Meet in Google’s Chrome browser you ought to be capable of entry the characteristic in Chrome OS in addition to on Windows and Mac laptops and desktops. The characteristic is “coming soon” to cell, Google says.

There’s no browser extension wanted to activate custom backgrounds; you ought to be capable of add a background picture from your individual picture assortment or from a library of photographs offered by Google that features landscapes, summary artwork and (for some motive) places of work.

Google Meet custom backgrounds
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It could take as much as per week earlier than all Google Meet customers can entry the brand new custom background choice, the corporate says.

Rival videoconferencing providers Microsoft Teams and Zoom each already enable the use of custom photographs for assembly backgrounds. The three have been including new options as extra individuals rely on video calls working and education from house through the pandemic; in current months Meet added a blur impact for assembly backgrounds, and introducing real-time captioning, low-light mode, hand-raising and a tile view (the large Brady Bunch display screen) that shows as much as 49 individuals.

Google built-in Meet into Gmail in May, including a sidebar hyperlink and making conferences of as much as 100 individuals with no closing dates out there to anybody with a Google account.

In its third-quarter earnings name Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated Meet had had 235 million day by day conferences and greater than 7.5 billion day by day video calls.

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