Background Blur and Thumbnail view: Google Meet adds new refreshing features

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Tech giant Google’s G-suite team has announced new features to the Google Meet app which provides enhanced experiences for the users.

The Google meet will now allow the users to see up to 49 people at a time while video conferencing and offers to blur the background during a video call. The rapid release of both updates has been launched and the scheduled release will begin in the coming weeks.

Currently, the background blurring feature is only available in the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac with access to the new features restricted to all the G-Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts.

Google Meet grid

In Google meet, the user will able to interact with up to 49 people by seeing them in the auto and tiled layout options at the same time while an additional feature will allow users to see themselves in a grid while in video conferencing.

If the user chooses to add their grid along with the others, all they have to do is to hover over the thumbnail in the top right corner to add the grid. And if the user wants to remove their grid from the layout, then through the same way the user can remove it. These changes are only visible to the user so that it won’t affect other participants at the conference.

Google Meet Layout Feature

According to Google, this update is now only available for the web version. By default, the maximum number of tiles is 9 and 16 in the tiled layout. With help of a slider, the users can change the number of tiles either by increasing or decreasing. Slider settings are different for each meeting. The feature will be OFF by default and the user can adjust the settings in the change layout option.

Google Meet BG blur

The background blur option will help the user to blur their background while on a video call. To access the feature the user needs to turn on the option post which Meet will automatically separate the user from the background and blur it.

Google Meet Blur Feature

Google recently launched a feature that filters destructive background noise in the meetings. Both features help the users to have a better noise-free video call experience.

As per the company, an extension is not needed for the background blurring feature to work. Currently, it is supported in the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac devices. The company will soon be releasing these features to ChromeOS and Meet mobile apps. The user can also cast the meeting on TV.