Google meet new UI is announced today with several Google meeting updates, including a new user interface, AI-powered features, and tools that enhance meetings. Highlights include a data saver mode which reduces the use of data over mobile networks and Autozoom, which uses AI to zoom participants in and position them in front of the cameras.
The use of video chat is overloaded. According to a survey conducted by the Commercial Integrator, 83% of companies with more than 250 employees will probably soon buy video calling equipment. Meet’s trend was highlighted by a 900% increase over the last March of over 50 million users in May 2020.
This month’s new Data Saver feature automatically limits data use on mobile and other restrained bandwidth networks. In addition to the upgrades to low-light mode, Google meet new UI, this will help AI enhance the video in poorly lit environments. The low-light mode will soon work on the web, recognize if users are underexposed, and improve quality for improved visibility. Previously only available for smartphones and tablets.
In the meantime, Autozoom is a feature that taps AI to zoom in and position users to the square in the camera, and will arrive for paid Google Workspace clients in the coming months. Autozoom smartly adjusts when users move to ensure they stay in the frame, Google says.
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Improvements to the Google meet new UI
In addition to the data saver and the low light mode on the web, and auto-zoom, the Google meet new UI will soon allow the user of a classroom, a party, or forest to replace their background with more on the way. Meeting for the Web will further control how users view themselves in meetings in the future. In a grid or a floating photo, for instance, they will be able to reduce the video feed to a tile with both a resized and mobile image. If you would prefer not to see yourself, you can minimize your feed and hide it from the view, and optionally disable your self-feed over calls.
Google meet new UI also provides a way to pin and unpin the content which reduces the presentation tile to the size of the other tiles. And the bottom bar is easier to navigate — meeting dial code, attachments, the list of participants, chat, and other activities are moving down to the ground right to make the participants more vertical and the content. The “leave call” button is also removed from the microphone and camera buttons to avoid accidental hang-ups, Google says.
- The ability to pin several speakers or presentations to the main screen at the same time, dividing the main screen area while reducing others.
- The ability to resize, reposition, or hide the video window on your own camera
- On-the-fly light and contrast adjustment operated by AI (for when you’re backlit and can’t see)
- “Autozoom” ai – Powered that intelligently crops your face (only for paid Workspace users)
- Please, for the love of God, do not use animated video backgrounds.
Google also updated Google Maps this week with more than 100 AI-enhanced features such as upgraded LiveView navigation to provide users with turn-by-the-turn instructions. Other improvements include a new fuel-efficiency routing model based on factors such as road tilt and traffic congestion that optimizes lower fuel consumption, as well as the current and forecast weather and temperature conditions.