Since its launch in October 2019 (to replace the classic Hangouts) Google Meet has not stopped growing. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this tool a favorite among teachers and students. However, it has strong rivals such as Zoom and Skype. In order to face them and continue to conquer more users, Mountain View company is adding new features.
According to 9to5google, in August of this year the reactions with emojis will arrive to Google Meet. These are presented as a “light and non-disruptive way” to communicate and participate in class. Tapping on the little hand that appears at the bottom of the screen will open the reaction panel. There you can choose the one you need at that time and you can also change the skin tone, as it is available on the mobile keyboard. The option to raise your hand will continue to be available.
Google Meet focuses on moderation in class
The Internet giant assures in its official blog that they are working “to make meetings safer.” One of the problems that arose with remote education was the entry of unauthorized users to virtual classes and meetings. Google last year improved security controls, blocking anonymous users and allowing teachers to choose who can enter.
According to the information provided by the company, soon teachers will be able to end a group video call for everyone. This way, no one will be left in the room unsupervised. They will also have an option to mute all participants and allow or not to reactivate the microphone. The latter, present for a long time in tools like Zoom.
There is no doubt that the use of Google Meet is increasing. This means that many users do not always have a high-speed connection. The video conferencing tool will also be making improvements in this regard. The company assures that video calls will work better in weaker Internet connections in the near future.
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