November 1, 2020
Google Meet continues its onslaught of features, now with the launch of custom backgrounds during video calls. This customization is a staple of modern conferencing applications and helps convey “more of your personality.” The capability itself is fairly straightforward, and Google offers “hand-picked images.” This includes office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backgrounds, but users can upload their own. The company sees it as another way to “hide its surroundings”, joining the background blur.
The controls are found in the “Change Background” menu item that is available before and during calls. – To select a preloaded background, click a background. – To upload your own image as a background, click Add. built-in capability “does not require an extension or any additional software.” It comes first to Chrome for Mac and Windows, as well as Chrome OS. It will then be available for the Meet apps for Android and iOS, and Google says this is “coming soon.”
Google will introduce controls later this year that will allow administrators to determine which organizational units can change their backgrounds. However, from the outset, participants (that is, students) in meetings initiated by Education clients cannot establish their own image.
Google is rolling out custom funds for Meet starting today, with full availability set for the next few weeks for: Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Enterprise for Education customers and users, and Nonprofits with personal Google accounts.
Source: Google Meet launches custom background images for the web – 9to5Google
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