Google has announced support for a custom background feature on its video conferencing service (Meet) in an effort to improve the features of the service it relies heavily on in times of booming videoconferencing market due to the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) COVID-19.
(Worried) Google Chrome users can also access this feature on devices with the Chrome operating system as well as on Microsoft or Apple’s Windows laptops and desktops. Google says: the new feature is coming soon to mobile devices.
There is no need to use the extension to activate custom backgrounds, and users can add a background image from a set of photos they already own or from a Google-provided image library that includes categories such as: landscapes, abstract, and also office photos.
Company says: It may take up to a week for all (worried) users to access the new custom wallpaper option.
It’s worth noting that competing videoconferencing services like Microsoft’s Teams and (Zoom) Zoom have outpaced Google in offering the custom background feature, while more people rely on video chat at work and home education during the outbreak. In recent months, the service (MET) has added a background blur function during meetings, a momentary caption function, a low light function, a hand raise and a grid display mode that shows up to 49 people together.
Google integrated the (MET) app with its Gmail email service in May, adding a link in the sidebar and making meetings available – which serve up to 100 people with no time limit – to anyone with a Google account.
In Thursday’s third-quarter earnings phone call, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, said the (dead) app saw 235 million meetings a day and more than 7.5 billion daily video calls.
Source: Arabic portal