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Nest Wifi routers can now prioritize video conferencing as well as gaming traffic

Nest Wifi routers can now prioritize video conferencing as well as gaming traffic

Google's routers are already packed with intelligent features like network stats, manual device prioritization, Wi-Fi pause options, or device grouping — not to mention the integrated smart speaker in the Nest Wifi. To further improve on these options, Google has decided to add the ability to automatically prioritize certain traffic via the Home app, such as video conferencing or gaming.

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Google Meet brings new features to breakout rooms

Google Meet brings new features to breakout rooms

Google Meet has added nearly all of the features it outlined earlier this year, including polling, hand-raising, and blurred bokeh-style backgrounds. Now it's continuing its assault on Zoom by introducing a number of improvements to breakout rooms, along with expanded availability of the feature.

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Google Meet finally allowing people to set up custom backgrounds

Google Meet finally allowing people to set up custom backgrounds

Google Meet has finally caught up to Zoom in the only important way that matters: custom backgrounds. Now, instead of just being able to cut down on background noise and/or blurring out your background, you can now replace it entirely with the image of your choice. Whew, it's taken long enough, huh?

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Even Google Glass has Meet now because it's not 2020 if you can't make video calls on it

Even Google Glass has Meet now because it's not 2020 if you can't make video calls on it

Two things that apparently just won't die are coming together in some kind of union — Google Meet is headed for beta tests in workplaces that have deployed Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.

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Google Meet's revamped UI makes it to Android

Google Meet's revamped UI makes it to Android

Google Meet has picked up a bunch of new features recently, including polling and Q&A abilities. When the Meet tab rolled out in Gmail earlier this summer, it brought a new UI with it. The iOS Meet app adopted it last month, and today, Google is announcing that same experience is now coming to the standard Meet app on Android.

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Google Meet is getting two new Zoom features

Google Meet is getting two new Zoom features

Google has been working hard on Meet, its video conferencing tool, in an effort to compete with other platforms like Zoom. The company published a roadmap of upcoming features last month, and today it announced that the rollout for two of these features will be starting next week — but only for certain users.

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Zoom for Android now supports virtual backgrounds and a bunch of new features

Zoom for Android now supports virtual backgrounds and a bunch of new features

Zoom has grown to become one of the most popular videoconferencing apps, boosted by a sudden need to virtually keep in touch with close ones, co-workers, and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the app's most popular features is the ability to add a virtual background, which is a nice way of keeping a modicum of privacy, especially when working from home. Sadly, this particular feature was not available on Android, but a new update just brought the functionality along with a bunch of other useful ones to our handheld devices.

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Google starts rolling out two helpful new Meet features

Google starts rolling out two helpful new Meet features

In an effort to slice off a larger piece of the video conferencing pie, Google has been dedicating a lot of resources to Meet lately. The service started showing up in Gmail last month (here's how to turn it off), and Google said that a bunch of new features would be coming later this year. Now it looks like two of those additions are showing up — one ahead of schedule.

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Google wants people to use Meet with its own Meet-y hardware bundles

Google wants people to use Meet with its own Meet-y hardware bundles

Google is once again expanding its hardware offerings by getting into the webcam business — though, this bid screams more of Cisco than Logitech. The company is selling videoconferencing equipment bundles, titled Series One room kits, that revolve around the somewhat ubiquitous Google Meet conferencing service and what group meetings may look like in the near future.

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Microsoft Team's Together Mode puts you in a virtual auditorium

Microsoft Team's Together Mode puts you in a virtual auditorium

Alongside Slack, Google Meet, and Zoom, Microsoft Teams has quickly become one of the go-to solutions for remote working and living, connecting coworkers and friends in times of social distancing. Microsoft recognizes this and is pouring a ton of resources into the service, having only recently introduced a personal version of the platform for Android. In a blog post today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of updates for all of its Teams users, including a snazzy new Together Mode that digitally recreates meetings, classrooms, and auditoriums to make people feel more connected. It's also launching smart displays running Cortana and Teams.

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