Like it or not — or maybe most are used to them by now — but video calls are here to stay for good. Apps like Zoom might have lost their newness factor but with more people becoming used to them, it’s time for competition to beat each other. Google, as per an online report, is working on some features for Meet, its video-conferencing application. According to a report by 9to5Google, the Mountain View-based tech giant is working on a feature that will allow users to blur backgrounds or replace them entirely. Users will have a lot of default options or they can choose their own preferred backgrounds. The report says that admins on group meetings will have the option to disable the particular feature. The idea behind the feature is to allow others not to see certain surroundings that one may not want to show. The feature is also directed at making students and teachers more comfortable while attending meetings or classes on Meet. While the exact date of the new feature is not declared but it is expected to be released in the coming months.
The custom background feature isn’t the only one that Google is planning to introduced in Meet. The report states that a hand raising feature that will make conversations easier by letting participants to virtually raise their hands is also supposed to come.
Another feature that is assumed is Meeting attendance, which will give an idea to the host to know who participated in the meeting. A new Q&A feature is also rumored to be in the works and it will permit users to ask questions without interrupting an ongoing meeting or conversation. Google is also supposed to give meeting hosts more controls like giving the option of muting someone as well. Some of these features are already available on Google Meet’s rivals like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.