Highlights:

  • Google Meet Makes Video Calls Better With New Co-Host Settings and Safety Measures.
  • Host Management is available to all Google Workspace Editions.
  • Some Workspace editions can use Host Management to add up to 25 co-hosts to their Google Meet meetings.

With video calls showing no signs of disappearing any time soon, Google has announced new co-hosting options for its video conferencing software. Users will now be able to set up Google Meet breakout rooms in advance of their meetings via Google Calendar, which allows moderators to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls. Google said it hopes the new features will allow meetings to flow more smoothly. In addition, users will now be able to turn meeting safety features on or off ahead of their catch-ups, including chat lock and present lock, and designate co-hosts before the meeting.

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The following Workspace editions can add co-hosts in Google Meet:

  • Business Standard
  • Enterprise Essentials
  • Business Plus
  • Essentials
  • Enterprise Standard
  • Enterprise Plus
  • All Workspace for education editions

When arranging a new video call on the Google Calendar, organizers can now change host and co-host control settings by clicking on the “Add Google Meet video conferencing” where they will find “Video call options” (settings icon), by pressing on that icon they’ll find the “host controls or co-hosts”, where they can make changes in host settings and can select other moderators before starting the meeting. The new feature will be introduced this month and will be completely available and accessible through all devices within 15 days, as it is set to be rolled out in various phases.

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Google Meet on the web has added the ability to automatically detect when users appear underexposed and enhance the brightness to improve their visibility if they are in a dark environment. The automatic video lighting adjustment feature on Google Meet is gradually rolling out Rapid Release domains.

Google recently added a new settings panel to the Meet, which allows users to quickly access effects such as background blur, background images, and styles before and during a video call. The meet has also received a “leave empty call reminder”, which prompts users to leave a meeting if they’re the only one to join a call, potentially ending any awkward interactions.

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Google Meet can now detect if you or someone on a video call is underexposed due to bad lighting conditions. In such situations, Meet will automatically increase the brightness for these users. Similarly, if someone is overlit due to harsh lighting conditions, then Google Meet will automatically decrease the brightness. This will ensure that your feed is always clearer.

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