Google Meeting to Refresh UI for Web in May; Will have AI Selected Auto, Auto Bright Adjustment

Google Meet will receive a refreshed UI with a host of new features for the website in May. It will allow users to set a custom background for video calls also for its website and mobile app. Together, users will be able to customize and pin tiles according to the meeting. Google Meet will also allow users to resize, reposition, or hide their flow altogether. Google also said it is working to make Meet more data-driven by introducing a data saver.

Google announced the updates for Google Meet via a blog post on Wednesday. To compete with Zoom, Google has introduced custom backgrounds for video calls. Users can choose from a variety of images and videos but it has not been confirmed whether users can upload and use their own content for this feature. For videophones, users can choose between classroom, party and forest. More backgrounds are expected soon.

Another feature has been introduced for paid Google Workspace subscribers who will be able to access Autozoom. This feature helps users to be clearly focused, zoomed and positioned directly in the center. The tech giant said this feature will be launched in the coming months.

Google is also adding another feature that will help users resize, reposition, or hide their video stream altogether. Users will also be able to adapt where the content is shared and which ones should be visible most. For example, in a meeting it would be ideal to have the presentation and the presenter ahead and the new feature in Meet will help achieve this.

Additionally, Google is also improving its use of online data by introducing a Data Saving to Meet mode. This feature will help limit the usage of call data and will also help save data costs in countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia. Along with Google Meet for Web will now analyze a user’s background during video calls. It can detect when a user is in a dark environment and can automatically increase the brightness to improve the user’s visibility during the call.

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