An all-too-common frustration with video calling in the workplace may soon be coming to an end thanks to a new update coming to Google Meet.
The video conferencing service says it has now made it much easier to share your video stream, increasing online productivity and collaboration for users around the world.
Described in a Google Workspace update blog, the new update means that starting online presentations or launching team meetings via Google Meet should soon involve a lot less stress and frustrated clicks, and also allow all participants to be able to share their own video stream. with everyone.
The new update applies when using Companion Mode in Google Meet, which can be selected through the green room users encounter before joining a meeting. Once a user’s camera is turned on, simply click the “Enable Camera” option in the Meet toolbar to begin sharing.
The feature will be available by default and will not require any admin control to enable it. Google says it has already started rolling out and will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers.
Google Meet introduced Companion Mode in 2021 as part of an effort to help connect office workers in meeting rooms with their remote or hybrid teammates. Allowing users to participate in video calls on a second screen, the service seeks to give all users access to Google Meet’s vast suite of features and tools.
The new update is the latest in a series of boosts for Google Meet as it looks to remain a vital work tool for workers around the world. The company recently unveiled a new Meet settings panel that gives users quick access to effects like background blur, background images, and styles before and during a video call.
Google Meet has also received a “call left empty reminder”, which prompts users to leave a meeting if they are the only one joining a call, potentially ending any awkward interaction.
Users will also now be able to set up Google Meet breakout rooms before their meetings through Google Calendar, allowing moderators to break attendees into smaller groups on video calls and hopefully help meetings run smoother. easily.