Whether you're still working remotely or trying out a new hybrid situation, video conferences are still a common factor in the lives of millions of employees. Google Meet is one of the best ways to hold meetings online, in both one-on-one situations and company-wide keynotes. To make it easier to manage your video's appearance, Google is adding a dedicated effects panel to its UI.
As video conferencing has become more popular over the last year and a half, there's one thing many of us have come to dread — echoes. An Echo is just one of a bad batch of issues that still plague video calls. Thankfully, Google is setting out to fix that.
Google made unlimited Meet group video calls free when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, but the company never intended this feature to remain available for everyone. The business originally wanted to introduce a long-planned 60-minute limit for free accounts in March this year, but then extended the deadline to June 2021. And well, there's no further delay: June has come and gone, and so have free unlimited calls for everyone.
Plenty of schools are returning to in-person learning in the fall, but remote classes are likely here to stay in some capacity. Google is working to improve how video conferencing works in both Classroom and Meet, with a massive boost in security and safety coming to each platform before another school semester kicks off.
Video calls have no doubt become more popular in the past year or so. Those who deal with not-so-great Wi-Fi or just own less powerful devices have likely had to deal with poor call quality, but Google Meet will now tell you when your call quality is being affected and offer recommendations on how to fix the issue.
That all-hands meeting in the office may have been traded in for a Google Meet call from wherever thanks to the pandemic-driven uptake of remote work, but for some people dialing in from their phones, they may not have enough juice or be able to even plug in to a power source. The good news now? Meet's addressing the need for conservation.
The sudden surge in working from home has led Google to heavily invest in its video chat tools, including Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet). Last month it gained the ability to accept multiple join requests at once, and now Meet's live caption feature will support more languages.
Nothing beats a live meeting for rapid communication, even if you have to do it through a webcam. But it's also handy to have a record of what happened, especially if you know you'll be Asked Questions Later. To that end: the latest addition to Google Workspaces Education (previously known as G Suite for Education). Students can now record Google Meet sessions.
Google Meet has been in rapid development over the past year to accommodate the millions of people who transitioned to (and in many cases, still are) working from home. The service has implemented many new features recently, and now Google is making it easier than ever to create a call.
According to Google's Workspace Status Dashboard and anecdotaluserreports, Google Meet is having difficulties today. Although the problem isn't universal, some folks can't access the Google Meet site, which shows a 502 error. Thankfully (or unfortunately, if you're hoping to dodge classes), there's a workaround.