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Background blur and 49 people view features rolling out for Google Meet

Google is adding some new features to its video-communication service, Google Meet including the new background blur and feature to see up to 49 people at the same time in tile or auto layout.

49 people grid:

Users of Google meet now enabled 49 people in the auto and tiled layout options. This feature is currently available on the web version of Meet and by default, the maximum number of tiles you’ll see in auto layouts is 9, and in tiled layouts is 16.

Currently, there’s no admin control for this feature and it comes off by default. To change your layout, you’ll have to go to Settings > Change layout. Then you can adjust the layout with options from auto to Tiled, Spotlight, and Sidebar, as well as adjusting the tiles count.

Background Blur:

Moreover, you can now blur the background of your video in Google Meet. Once enabled, Meet will automatically separate you from your background, blurring your surroundings while keeping you clear and in focus.

The background blur works directly within your browser and does not require an extension or any additional software. At launch, it will work on the Chrome browser on Windows and Mac platforms. Support for ChromeOS and Meet mobile apps will be announced soon.

How to blur your background in Google Meet:

You can do the following  steps  during the meeting:

  • Go on the bottom right
  • Tap more
  • Click Turn on background blur

You can do the following a before meeting

  • Go to meet.google.com
  • Select the meeting
  • On the bottom right of your self-view, click Turn on background blur
  • Click Join Now

Blurring your background may slow down your device. You may want to turn this feature off to allow other apps to run faster on your computer.

Tip: To see how you look when you Blur your background, check your self-view.

via – 9to5google


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