In the wake of the pandemic, video calling and video meeting have seen exponential growth. And to take advantage of this situation, Google Meet is going to get a new Tile View feature on Android in March-end.
People are working from home and companies are conducting video conferences to communicate with their employees.
Moreover, employees are using their go-to devices, i.e. smartphones in order to attend these virtual meetings, Google Meet tile view will surely help such users.
Google Meet tile view allows you to view multiple people or participants during a video call. This saves a lot of time, as you now do not need to swipe through to view all the participants.
Apparently, the new Google Meet tile view feature for Android will allow up to 8 participants to be viewed at once. FYI, the web version of the app allows up to 49-participant.
So, you may feel the number is pretty less, but considering the small real estate that we have on our smartphones, it is pretty decent.
It is quite weird to see that Google will make this new tile view feature available for iOS users first. Later on, it will be pushed for the Android users.
Besides, for Android users, this new tile view feature would arrive by the end of March. The new feature has many advantages.
Apparently, as per Android Central, it would provide the Google Meet a much cleaner look. Additionally, each tile will show the participant’s name.
An icon will indicate when a particular participant starts speaking. Google has also highlighted some other features, including split-screen and picture-in-picture support in Google Meet.
This would allow users to continue with the video conference even while attending some other matters on their phones. On top of all this, background support is also coming for Google Meet along with in-app Q&A and polls.
As per the official blog, Google Meet users on iPad will be able to have up to 48 tiles visible. However, it is not clear whether other tablets, i.e. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, will get the same treatment or not.
Until the new tile view feature arrives for Android users, they can continue to use it on the web version or any of their Chromebooks, if they have one.
There will be no admin control for this feature and this feature will be ON by default when you join any Google Meet video call on mobile.
Google Meet is getting a significant upgrade when it comes to making calls on a mobile or tablet device.
The video conferencing service has revealed it is currently rolling out updates to both its iOS and Android apps to allow many more participants to be seen on certain devices.
The upgrade will mean that Google Meet users can now see up to 8 video feeds on phones, and up to 48 video feeds on selected iPads.
“We’re expanding tile view layouts for Google Meet on iOS and Android to deliver a consistent user experience across platforms,” Google wrote in a blog post announcing the update.
The new feature will be switched on by default, so when you join any new Google Meet call on a tablet or mobile device, the new grid layout (pictured below) will auomatically be displayed.
Video software remains an integral part of many people’s lives in 2021 as the COVID pandemic continues to impact jobs and social lives.
Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams—three of the most popular tools—offer ways to use virtual backgrounds for extra privacy or simply a change of scenery. Another way of achieving that without uploading images is blurring the background altogether.
Luckily, that feature is also now available on all three video conferencing tools, making it quick and easy to hide your surroundings from workmates, friends or family. Here’s how to toggle the blurred background feature both before and during meetings.
Zoom: The software has offered the feature since February 1, 2021, when the company released an updated version of the tool, V. 5.5.0. “Users can now choose to blur their background rather than selecting a specific virtual background, providing added privacy when a branded background is unavailable or unnecessary,” patch notes said.
Previously, it had only let users to use an image or video as an alternative background during a meeting, known as a virtual background. Now, however, the blur feature allows users to keep their face and body in focus, while blurring everything else.
Before video call: Open software > Settings > Select Backgrounds and Filters > Choose the blur option, which can be located under the Virtual Backgrounds menu.
During video call: Click the up arrow next to Stop Video button > Select Choose Virtual Background and be directed to the Backgrounds and Filters menu > tap Blur.
Google Meet: Google’s video calling software offers the same functionality, saying on its website that the blur feature could be helpful at limiting user distractions. It notes that users who join a call while not logged into a Google account—and users who request to join a session—can only change their background once in the video call.
Before video call: Open up Google Meet and then select a meeting > On the bottom right, click Change Background > There are options that let you blur your background fully or blur your background slightly > Click Join to enter the session.
During video call: Click More at the bottom > Click Change Background > Choose one of two options: “blur your background” or “slightly blur your background.”
Google says that a device’s camera is automatically turned on when you click change background and the feature could potentially slow down your laptop or computer. The same menus also carry the option of uploading a virtual background picture.
Microsoft Teams: Like its rivals, Microsoft’s software lets you change your background with an image or use a blur filter. It does warn that blurring or replacing your backgroundmight not always stop sensitive information from being seen by call participants.
Before video call: When choosing video and audio settings before a call you can select Background filters > Look at the menu on the right side > Select Blur.
During video call: Go to the meeting control panel and select More actions > Click Apply Background Effects > Select Blur. There is a stop button to toggle off if needed.Stock: Man and woman are talking through a video call. Video software remains an integral part of many people’s lives in 2021 as the COVID pandemic continues to impact jobs and social lives – here’s how to blur your background.