Google Meet brings a 360 virtual background to iOS and Android
Feb 20, 2023 2:34pm read time 2 minutes
Google Meet has an extensive library of immersive backgrounds
Google’s instant video conferencing app Meet has now introduced a 360-degree virtual background for iOS and Android clients. This new feature allows individuals to use a custom 360 degree background for a more immersive meeting experience. According to Google, mobile users can use several new video backgrounds that use their smartphone’s gyroscope to create a dynamic background that moves with the user.
Why is this story important?
Currently, Google Meet offers default backgrounds, custom backgrounds, blur effects, moving backgrounds, and face filters. The 360 degree background feature is an advanced extension of static backgrounds. Thanks to this new ability, users can enjoy different moving backgrounds instead of regular wallpapers. The dynamic background is useful for users when they need to attend meetings at short notice.
Group conference administrators can turn off the 360 video background of clients
Google Meet users now have access to brand new 360 video backgrounds featuring tranquil environments like a beach, temple and more. Generally, smartphones contain a gyroscope sensor, and Meet’s new feature uses that sensor to create a dynamic background that moves in relation to users’ actions. Note that the 360 background can be disabled by admins when in a conference.
It is available for both Google Workspace and personal accounts
The 360 video background feature is now available for Google Meet users on iOS and Android platforms. It can be used by both Google Workspace users and people with personal Google accounts. While the feature rolls out, it may take some time for it to reach everyone out there. Individuals are advised to be wary.
Google is bringing “editable widgets” to chat app cards
Google has also released another update that allows developers to include interactive widgets in “chat app cards” published in the chat message stream. Developers can add widgets such as checkboxes, radio buttons, and dropdowns. “Editable widgets” allow individuals to quickly change information sent by chat apps, e.g. For example, change the due date and assignee, or select/deselect options on a task card.
Editable Widgets: Availability
Editable widgets are now available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Starter, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade Edition, Frontline, and legacy G Suite basic and business customers.