- Google Meet has recently launched new features powered by AI that enhance meetings performance.
- One such feature is the Audio and Video Lock feature that will provide hosts with better control functions
- Users/participants will not have access to these features without the approval of the host
Google Meet Features
Google has recently announced the addition of a new feature in Google meet that will allow the hosts better control functions. It has recently introduced the new Audio and Video Lock feature, which is a refreshed user interface with enhanced reliability features powered by the latest Google AI. This feature will allow the hosts to mute and hide the video feeds of disruptive participants. This year, Google has launched several other features with a richer user interface and an array of easy-to-access features, to enhance meetings performance and make it more user-friendly. These new features include automated live captions in five languages, engagement controls for educators and students, and new mobile capabilities to keep people connected.
New Improvements to the App
The new Google Meet features encompass updates to video feeds, viewing and presenting experience, the bottom bar, and control to minimize and hide the feed. The application features have been enhanced further improving the pinning and unpinning of content. The bottom bar has been updated by consolidating all controls in one place including meeting dial-in codes, attachments, participant’s list, chat, and many other activities making it easier to navigate during meetings. Also, the leave call button has been placed away from the camera and microphone buttons to prevent making it less prone to accidental hang-ups. Several other features are expected to be introduced in the future including Data Saver, Light Adjustment, AI-powered Auto Zoom, and Video background replacement.
Audio and Video Lock Feature
The Audio and Video lock feature will enable hosts to mute the participant’s audio and video feeds. This can prove to be very useful in cases where users have a noisy environment and are unable to mute due to some technical or network issues. The users will not have access to turn these features on without the approval of the host. In case the device used for Google Meet does not support these features when it is turned on by the host, the participant will be removed from the meeting and will require to update their device/app before joining. These locks by the hosts can also be applied to breakout rooms that are created after the restriction are applied.