Rejoice Google Meet Users, You Can Now Use Custom Backgrounds On Video Calls – Forbes

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Custom video conferencing backgrounds have become a part of our new normal. Zoom, the dominant B2B video conferencing platform, has made it easy for users to change out their background. Brands, like The Cheesecake Factory, have even created their own custom conferencing backgrounds.

Google Meet has now made it easier for users to swap out their background image. In a feature that will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks, custom backgrounds allow users to hide their surroundings and show off their personality. This follows other recently added features, including background blur and disruptive background noise filtering.

As Google Meet is a browser-based tool, no additional browser extension is necessary to activate the background and will allow users to choose from a library of self-uploaded images, as well as a library curated by Google.

The feature will initially only using the Chrome browser on both PC and Mac, with mobile support in the coming future.

Google Meet recently reported impressive growth in usage, as it recently expanded its platform to all Gmail users. During Alphabet’s Q3 earnings call, CEO Sundar Pichai said Google Meet saw a peak of 235 million daily meeting participants, with more than 7.5 billion daily video call minutes.

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By comparison, in April 2020, Zoom said it had 300 million daily meeting participants.

Currently, Google Meet offers all its users unlimited video conferencing at no cost through next year. Zoom offers its users free video conferencing up to 40 minutes per meeting.

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