Google has announced an update to Google Meet, its video calling service, which includes some of the tools and features most requested by its users. Among all the new features are the meet integration with Google Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentationsthe ability to react using emojis; the “picture in picture” mode; automatic noise suppression or the possibility of live streaming Meet meetings via YouTube.
Google has announced a series of new tools in Meet, its video calling service, which will be installed in stages until the end of the year
Another of the most notable innovations has to do with the security and privacy of the service. Starting in May, Google Meet will install an encryption option that is still in the beta phase. With it, users will have the ability to configure the level of encryption they want for their video calls.
In addition, by the end of the year, Google plans to include an option to end-to-end encryption for all your video calls. In this way, not even the company itself will have the ability to access the content of the communications. Zoom, one of Google Meet’s main competitors, has already had this option enabled since the end of 2020.
The activation of these new features will be staggered over the next few months. The possibility to use emojis live during a meeting will be one of the first to be implemented, and will be available from next month. The “picture in picture” mode, which allows videos to be reduced to a small window that can be resized, will also be coming to Meet next month.
Other features will have to wait until the end of 2022 to become available to users. These include the option to live streaming of Meet matches via YouTubea tool specially designed for webinars and other meetings open to the public.