Google Meet Launches Five New Immersive Backgrounds


With the rapid spread of COVID-19, many companies began working on video conference tools. Though Zoom gained the most, other big names such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google also benefited a lot. At the moment, the virus has no intentions to recede. So it’s logical that the mentioned companies will continue developing new features for their video conference tools. Google Meet is no exception.

We know that all those video conference platforms, including Google Meet, offer various options to customize your background. There are tons of backgrounds you can select from a list. You can even upload your own background. And as you should know, it could be a video background. However, there are millions of uses and each of them has his/her preferences. So as Google promised, it will add more and more immersive background.

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Recently, Google, through a blog post, announced new immersive backgrounds that will be available for Google Meet on the web soon. They have noticeable differences in comparison to the existing ones. Particularly, they feature subtle animation and come with different lighting and weather effects. For instance, users can choose from multiple iterations of the cafe and condo interiors. They include sunny, snowy, and rainy weather. In total, there are 5 variants: Condo in the morning and night effects and Cafe with Rainy, Snowy, and Sunny effects.

Interestingly, Google Meet offers more stylized backgrounds and various light and color filters. Before starting the call, you can try them out.

New Google Meet Backgrounds

The newly-announced Google Meet backgrounds and styles will be rolling out to Google Workspace customers and G Suite Basic and Business users in the next weeks. First, they will be available on Google Meet on the web. But Google hasn’t told whether they will come to Android and iOS as well. In this regard, we have to recall that the Google Meet for Android got animated backgrounds only this September. But they had been available on the web for some time now.

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By the way, recently, Google Meet raised the participant limit for group calls to up to 50. So now, more Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Education Plus subscribers would be able to participate in video conferences.

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At the same time, we know that Google Meet is currently testing another interesting option. It has been working on Live translated captions for a while. And now, it is in tests and will allow overcoming language barriers.

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