With work from home (WFH) becoming new normal, video conferencing has become new normal. Zoom is the most popular video conferencing tool among techies around the world. Google Meet has picked up popularity since the tech firm made it free for a limited period of time.
Google Meet rival Skype and Zoom already offer an option to customise the interactive and exciting background. Google Meet has now gradually started rolling out the similar feature to help users customise the background on its desktop version of the app. It has also introduced certain default themes and background images. You can choose from option such as office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backdrops. You can even choose and upload your own images for the background.
In an official blog post, Google said, “Virtual backgrounds work directly within your browser and do not require an extension or any additional software. At launch, they’ll work on ChromeOS and on the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac desktop devices. Support on Meet mobile apps will be coming soon; we’ll announce on the Google Workspace Updates blog when they become available.”
The feature is limited to Chrome for Mac, Windows, and ChromeOS. It will be rolled out to iOS and Android users later this year. The company also plans to introduce the feature to let admin control whether the participants can change the background or not.
Google has gone head-on against other video conferencing apps by making the app available for all amid Covid-19 pandemic. The integration with Gmail makes it easier for users.