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Google Meet Adds Custom Backgrounds And New Moderation Controls

Google Meet is working on several new features to help it compete with the likes of Zoom and Microsoft Teams in the videoconferencing space. One of the new features on Google Meet will allow users to add images or blur their backgrounds during video calls.

 

9to5Google reports that the feature will help Meet users choose their own image or pick from several default options. While there’ll be some default backgrounds, you’ll be able to upload your own. Meet also makes it possible for admins to disable the feature.

New Moderation controls on Google Meet

Google confirms that Meet users will get other features like hand raising and new moderation controls. Meet is already previewing the features for its education and enterprise customers. It will come with a “less intrusive” interface, and other behavior changes.

 

Google Meet Moderation controls
The new moderation controls and custom backgrounds will be available to all Meets users soon.  Photo: Google.
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Some of the changes that Meet users will see include;

 

— They will not be allowed to knock again (join a meeting) after being ejected from a meeting. A knock will also no longer show up after a moderator rejects it twice.

— Moderators will be able to end the meeting for all participants. This will make sure that no student can linger after the teacher or moderator has left.

— Anonymous attendees will no longer be able to join any Educational meetings by default. However, schools will be able to opt in to allow anonymous participants.

 

In addition to these, Google also plans to add a UI that can fit up to 49 participants at once.

 

Google is still working on catching up with Microsoft Teams and Zoom as the number one tool for video conferencing and collaborations. The use of videoconferencing apps has experienced a huge surge due to the pandemic and lockdown guidelines.

 

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