Google has added a gallery view for up to 16 participants in order to better compete with Zoom, Skype, Teams, Slack and others.
In order to compete, Google has ramped up its engineering efforts as Google Meet becomes more important to its product portfolio. In a blog post today, Google outlined a number of new features and improvements outlined below.
Tiled layout for larger calls: The expanded tiled layout now lets web users simultaneously see up to 16 participants at once (previously, tiled layouts only enabled you to see four people at a time). More updates are coming for larger meetings, better presentation layouts, and support across more devices.
Low-light mode: Meet can now use AI to automatically adjust your video to make you more visible to other participants in sub-optimal lighting conditions. This feature is currently rolling out to mobile users, and will be available to web users in the future.
Noise cancellation: To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Meet can now intelligently filter out background distractions—like your dog barking or keystrokes as you take meeting notes. Noise cancellation will begin rolling out in the coming weeks to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers starting with web users and later to mobile users.
Google recently revealed that Google Meet has seen 2 million more new users who are spending over 2 billion combined minutes on any given day as people are working from home in record numbers.