Google Meet adds new dynamic backgrounds for video calls
Making video calls has become a constant for many users, both personally and professionally, especially as a result of the months of confinement and the subsequent evolution of the coronavirus pandemic.
So much so that the different apps for videoconferencing try to offer small solutions that make these communications a bit less boring while allowing them to preserve a bit of privacy despite making connections from home (or any other private place).
In this sense, Google Meet, Google's video calling app, has had some unique immersive backgrounds for months that allow communication to be carried out by simulating that you are in another place and, moreover, in motion. That is, the video call is not made on a fixed panel, a static photograph, but on a background that has depth and in which you can see small details.
Now Google Meet has launched new dynamic backgrounds that include animations and that allow it to appear that the videoconference is being carried out from a cafeteria (from whose windows you can see the rain or even the snow, or a sunny environment, to suit the user) or in an indoor office.
These new dynamic backgrounds are in addition to those that allowed video calls to be made from a spaceship recreation, from the seabed, from a beach with palm trees, at a party with other people dancing or with animated characters in a school class.
Along with this novelty, Google Meet now allows users to personalize their videos with light and color filters, as well as stylized backgrounds. These can be selected in a «Green room» that is enabled before a video call starts by clicking on the icon with the three ellipsis and indicating «Apply visual effects».
Of course, these funds are only available to users of the paid version of Google Meet through Google Workspace. Users of free Google accounts will not have this dynamic functionality for making their video calls.