Google Meets 16-User Tiled Layout, Chrome Tab Sharing

With video conferencing skyrocketing due to COVID-19, Google G Suite is putting a lot of pressure on Met users. After rolling out Gmail integration last week, Google Meet is now adding a tiled layout for greater call, low-light mode, and sound cancellation.

Original 4/27: In response to increased demand, Google has “increased engineering support for MIT.” This allows for “top-request” features as well as ensuring that the service is effective between more users and calls.

The biggest usability improvement is a tile Google Meet layout that supports up to 16 participants at once. This 4 × 4 grid will first rotate on the web and replace the previous four-person limit.

In the bottom-right corner tap on the “More” overflow menu and select “Change Layout”. Other options include auto, spotlight and sidebar. Support for more devices is coming with larger meetings and updates to “better presentation formats.”

In the meantime, you can now “present a Chrome tab” directly instead of displaying your entire window / screen.

If you change your view to a new tab, a pop-up will ask if you want to present a new tab or the previous tab, making it easier to move between tabs and controlling what information you share with the meeting.

This feature is specifically designed to share “high quality video with audio”. Introducing general availability today, playing the media is the result of a previously choppy experience that has no sound.

The low-light mode will “see Met Leverage AI to adjust your video to make you more visible to other participants in sub-optimal lighting conditions.” This capability will come first in mobile applications and later on the web.

Update 4/27: By default, the “Adjust for very low light” option will start rolling out from today. It works throughout the entire call, with conditions changing with full availability over the next two weeks.

Video augmentation will begin five seconds after entering an area with low light. The match will adapt intelligently as your lighting conditions change, for example, as the lighting conditions deteriorate and the illumination conditions improve.

Similarly, Mitt can now intelligently filter background discrepancies. This includes dog shaking or keystrokes and everyone should be given a current job from home arrangements. This feature will be available in the “coming weeks” for G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for online customers. Mobile users will follow.

Update 6/30: As of today, the feature is now available on the web for most G Suite enterprise and enterprise education customers. It is still open to them in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan and New Zealand, although it is still “not available to locals in South Africa, the UAE and surrounding areas.” Mobile support is coming soon.

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