Google has just announced a very nifty new update that will keep you focused the next time you log into your Meet video call.
It’s been over two years since we commissioned work from home, and many of us are still trying to find the best WFH desk setup. First of all, the monitor of our computer must be in a comfortable place to avoid unnecessary strain. For many people, this means that when it comes to video conferencing, they may not be in the best position on the screen.
In the latest update, Google Meet can now automatically frame an attendee before they join the meeting by digitally zooming in to crop the subject more precisely, helping to eliminate nearby distractions.
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On his Workspace update blog (opens in a new tab)Google says this only happens once, so there’s no automatic object tracking the same way we’ve seen with the iPad Pro’s Center Stage (which relies on the latest hardware).
This is to keep the camera view from constantly moving when moving, which can be distracting, however the support article says users can open the settings pane to refocus while on a call if needed.
Availability is limited to Chrome version M91 or Edge version 91 for now, meaning Safari users will not have access to the feature.
The rollout has already started, but some users may see it in their accounts by the end of November. Supported account types are Workspace Business Standard/Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials/Starter/Standard/Plus, Education Plus/Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Workspace Individual, however a supported device is also required – learn more about this Google’s help page (opens in a new tab).