Corona Days (COVID-19) has raised the bar of apps for making multi-participant video calls. At the same time, the epidemic has flooded the fact that it is sometimes difficult to find a place to sit at home to provide a proper background for conversation – not everyone has a library full of books on thought and science. Most apps in this area have already solved the problem with the option to choose a background, and now Google’s Meet also closes a gap.
Until now, the Google app has allowed the background to be dimmed and the background sounds to be muted, and now if they want, users can view an image of the Taj Mahal behind them. You will be able to choose images from what Google will offer, which also include office spaces for more serious business meetings, but also landscapes and abstract background images. You can of course also upload personal photos.
Background images do not require a specific extension and can be displayed directly if you use a browser to connect to a Meet session. At launch the option will be available for computers running Chrome OS and Windows and macOS computers when using Chrome only. Phone app support will also be coming soon.
The option will be disabled by default, and end users will start getting it starting on the 6th of the month. Users with educational institution accounts will not be able to select a personal background image. No need to guess why.