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Google Meet low-light mode is finally coming to the Web

Google Meet low-light mode is finally coming to the Web

The age of video conferencing that begun last year has forced many people to re-evaluate not only their computers but also their rooms and home office setups. In addition to actually having a decent webcam, things like disorganized backgrounds and poor lighting add more concerns to already mentally stressed people. The former has been fixed by virtual backgrounds, which sometimes end up to be more distracting, while the latter is being addressed by automatic lighting adjustment, one that is finally coming to Google Meet on Web browsers.

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Google Workspace makes Gmail the latest place to answer Meet calls

Google Workspace makes Gmail the latest place to answer Meet calls

Email is already inescapable at the best of times, and now Google is turning Gmail into a hub for your calls and video chat, too. Having relaunched G Suite as Google Workspace, the company is now lighting up Spaces - its central locations for team collaboration - for all users as of today.

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Google Meet is adding support for up to 25 co-hosts: Here’s how it works

Google Meet is adding support for up to 25 co-hosts: Here’s how it works

Google Meet is gaining broader support for co-hosts, with the newly-added ability to have up to 25 different people co-hosting within a single meeting. The update, being released on August 16, also adds new safety features in an attempt to avoid meetings being co-opted or disrupted, something which has become a challenge for most video conferencing platforms during this age of remote working.

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Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Video conferencing services have become the bread and butter of work, school, and even social life for the past year and a half. Each of the contenders has its own idiosyncrasies and preferred ways to access their services. Zoom started out as a standalone app but has enabled a version that runs inside a web browser. Google Meet, on the other hand, starts from the opposite direction and has embraced a browser-only experience on desktops. That's changing now with a dedicated desktop app for desktops, but, as it turns out, it's actually a Progressive Web App version of Meet instead.

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Google Meet now available for Glass Enterprise Edition users

Google Meet now available for Glass Enterprise Edition users

Google has announced that an open beta is now available to all Google Workspace customers for Google Meet running on Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is a wearable device that allows workers to share a real-time view of what they see with their virtual clients or teams. Google says that service technicians, trainers, and other frontline workers have said that sharing what they see with their teams makes a difference.

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Google Meet free users no longer get unlimited group video calls

Google Meet free users no longer get unlimited group video calls

All good things come to an end eventually and Google Meet's unlimited group video calls for free users is no exception. Now that many countries are slowly returning to normal with widespread vaccination availability, last year's unprecedented remote working arrangement is decreasing, many people are getting together in person again, and the need for such software is decreasing.

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Google Meet makes it easier to figure out who has their hands raised

Google Meet makes it easier to figure out who has their hands raised

Google has announced a bunch of new updates for Google Meet's Hand Raise feature, which is the effect that appears when one of the people on the video chat wants someone's attention. Google says the changes are designed to make it easier for participants to see when someone raises their hand. This is achieved by adding an audio notification, visual animation, changes to the video grid, and more.

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Google Meet backgrounds on Web and Android get more interesting

Google Meet backgrounds on Web and Android get more interesting

Video chats and conferences have been around for a long time but Zoom might be credited for making it trendy during the pandemic. It also made people realize that not everyone may have space, much less a wall, fit for such online interactions, and, soon, almost all video chat services have started allowing users to change their backgrounds. Google Meet has also had that capability for a while now but it's only now that its Android app is getting that feature even as it expands the Web version's capability to go beyond static images.

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Google Meet on Android and iOS data saver can save battery too

Google Meet on Android and iOS data saver can save battery too

Video conferencing platforms have spiked in the past months thanks to remote work and school arrangements. Along with video streaming, that has also seen Internet use spike in that same period as well. That, in turn, sets of a chain of events that may eventually lead to drained smartphones and bill shock. In order to deliver a service that can work under any circumstance or data plan, Google is updating Meet's mobile apps to include a data saver mode that, amusingly, does more than just limit data usage.

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Google Meet gets new UI, Data Saver option and video backgrounds

Google Meet gets new UI, Data Saver option and video backgrounds

Google Meet is getting a revamp, with the video calling platform debuting a new UI, a Data Saver option to trim bandwidth costs, and new video backgrounds among other changes. The most important thing, though, is arguably what isn't changing, with Google still keeping Meet free to use - at least through June.

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Google Meet extends free unlimited use through June

Google Meet extends free unlimited use through June

Google Meet, the company's group video chat alternative to platforms like Zoom, will continue to offer free unlimited use until the end of June, the company has announced. This is the latest extension of the free unlimited use, which Google introduced last year for standard Gmail users who suddenly found themselves having to work and socialize remotely.

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Google Meet on Chromebooks promised to be less resource-hungry

Google Meet on Chromebooks promised to be less resource-hungry

The demand and sales numbers for Chromebooks have skyrocketed in the past few months, in no small part due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced both work and school to take place at home and online. Traditionally, however, Chromebooks haven't exactly been the most powerful computers in the market, though that is thankfully changing as time goes by. That said, some Chromebooks may still not be up to snuff, especially when heavy apps like Google Meet are used, a situation that Google is no promising to address in the latest round of Chrome OS updates.

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