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Google Meet will now let you use custom backgrounds on video calls

Google Meet

Google is launching custom backgrounds for the google Meet video meeting platform, the company declares in a blog post. If you use Meet in Google’s Chrome browser you should be able to access the property in Chrome OS as well as on Windows and Mac laptops and desktop computers. This feature is “coming soon” to mobile, Google announced.

There’s no browser extension required to use custom backgrounds; you should be able to integrate a background image from your own picture collection or from a library of images given by Google that can be landscapes, abstract art, and (for some reason) offices.

Google Meet custom backgrounds

It may take up to 7 days before all Google Meet users can activate a new custom background option, google says.

Rival video meetings service Microsoft Teams and Zoom both previously allow the use of ritual images for meeting backgrounds.

The three have been adding new updated features as more users depend on video calls working and schooling from home during the pandemic situation; in recent months Meet added a blurry effect for meeting backgrounds and launch real-time smooth caption, new low-light mode, hand-raising updated, and a tile screen view (the giant Brady Bunch screen) that displays up to 49 people.

Google combined Meet into Gmail in May, introducing a sidebar link and making meetings of up to 100 people with no time restriction available to all with a Google account.

In its 3rd-quarter earnings call Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Meet had had 235 million daily meetings and more than 7.5 billion daily video calls.

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