Playing catch-up with Zoom and Microsoft Teams, Google Meet is now introducing
[https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/introducing-some-new-meet-features] a flurry of new features for its education and enterprise customers. Amongst
others, a key feature is the ability to play with custom backgrounds; a feature
that was one of the reasons of Zoom?s popularity.

These new features come shortly after the support of Google Meet on the Nest Hub
Max was announced by Google. The addition of custom backgrounds, as mentioned
above, is just one of the several features that were announced. What you should
know is that these features aren?t available just yet as they?re still in the
pipeline.

Layout Improvements
Google Meet is constantly working on improving layouts and we recently saw
google announce a new layout that would let users see up to 16 participants
along with the content being shared. Now, Google says it?s working on a new
layout that will let users see 49 participants at once.

Addressing the intuitively-lacking brainstorming sessions companies are holding
in current times, Google is working on what it calls Jamboard. Jamboard is
essentially a digital whiteboard that lets multiple users collaborate and
contribute.

Breakout Rooms
Trying to imitate the physical world, Google is working on breakout rooms
wherein larger meetings can be split into smaller groups and reconvene once
finished discussing.

Meeting Attendance
Google will shortly allow hosts to see a list of people who attended their
meeting. Currently, it needs to be done manually.

Hand Raising
This is an inspired feature that we?ve already seen on Zoom. It?ll basically
allow users to raise virtual hands if they have a question or something to say,
without actually breaking the flow of the speaker.

Polling
Google is also working on bringing live polling to Google Meet sessions that
will let hosts get instantaneous feedback on an idea or a decision.

There are a couple of other features such as Q&A channels and additional
moderator controls that will be introduced to Meet very soon. Google also
confirmed with TheVerge
[https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/27/21305434/google-meet-background-blur-captioning-video-microsoft-teams-zoom] that apart from background blur and custom backgrounds, features such as
real-time captioning, low-light mode, hand-raising, and a tile view of up to 49
participants will also be making it to the free, consumer-version of the
service.

Although, there?s no word on when users will actually see these features in
action.

It?s no surprise that Google is trying its level best to push its
video-conferencing solution in a world where physical meetings are just not
possible for most. This is one reason why Google Meet was made free for all
Gmail users until September 30th. We?ve also seen Google push Meet into Gmail by
adding a sidebar link and even integrating the service within the Gmail mobile
application that allows users to join meetings from within the app.