Google is bringing six customizable background options to Google Meet on Android. The feature was already available on iOS and the web.
Google is stepping in to rescue the millions of remote workers affected by their daily WFH routines, making customizable Google Meet backgrounds available on mobile for all Android users.
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Video backgrounds have already been available for iOS devices for over a month, and the web version of Google Meet also currently offers three backgrounds to choose from. But now, Android users are getting the feature, as well, for the first time. Google introduced the ability to change backgrounds on the Android Google Meet app in June this year.
To check if the new video backgrounds feature is available to you, you can search for the backgrounds in the Effects tab of the Google Meet app. Once enabled, the feature will initially offer six options to choose from, but Google is set to release more background options in the future.
The feature is becoming available to Workspace, G Suite Basic, and G Suite Business using Android, but not everyone has it at the moment. It started rolling out last week and may take up to fifteen days to reach everyone. When it is rolled out fully, admins will be able to control background options within their organization’s Workspace.
Google Meet has been continuously improving, periodically launching updates for features like live captions or the possibility to take a meeting to the next level with Google Meet on Glass for all Workspace customers.
To sustain competition with rival Zoom, Google also launched video backgrounds, masks, effects and filters, and group grids for up to 16 participants in Google Meet.
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