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Google to add new UI, AI-powered auto-zoom in Meet app 

Google to update Meet app with a fresh UI, autozoom, enhanced reliability features powered by the latest AI and tools to make virtual meetings and meet-ups more exciting. The new easy-to-access features will be rolled out for desktop and laptop users in the next month and aim to make meetings productive and exclusive. The tech giant will also introduce AI-powered Autozoom for paid users, which intelligently readjusts, so everyone can stay focused.

Students, teachers get more features in new Google Meet update

Google has announced over 50 new features for its education products including Classroom, Meet and Chrome. In Google Meet, teachers are getting more control with options to end meetings for everyone, mute all students, moderation tools, etc. The new Google Meet features will be rolling out later this year. Google said it has also made “significant improvements” to the performance of Meet on Chromebooks for better audio, video and multitasking capabilities. to automatically  transcribe Google Meet calls in real-time

Google and have partnered for transcriptions and closed captions on Google Meet in real-time. The Chrome extension saves all Google Meet transcriptions, offers closed captions by clicking on the “cc” button and could be used by non paying users. It also included support for French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. All one has to do is download Chrome extension, install and run it. One can also change the font size of the text.

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Google Meet, Duo clocked over 1 tril minutes of video calls in 2020

In the pandemic hit the year 2020, Google’s Duo and Meet hosted over one trillion min of VC across the globe. Google, this year, added a Meet tab in Gmail account so that users can jump from an email to a VC. The Google app crossed 100 mn users daily and its DAU “had a peak of 235 mn” in the Q3 of 2020. During the peak of COVID-19 in April-May, Google Meet added 3 mn users per day. Meet calls are unlimited, for any Gmail user, till March 31, 2021.

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Zoom’s lifting 40-min limit during holidays

Zoom is lifting the 40-min time limit it has for more than three participants for free accounts during the upcoming holidays. In a blog post, Zoom said that the limit will be lifted for Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Kwanzaa. It is worth a recall that the VC service has lifted it’s a 40-min time limit for Thanksgiving Day this year as well. Google is also letting free users host Google Meet calls that last up to 24 hrs right till March 31 next year.

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Great Google Outage of 2020: Gmail, YouTube, Docs back after global blackout 

Alphabet Inc’s popular user services — Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Google Meet, faced a global outage today starting around 5.30 PM IST. The outage, termed by the internet as ” Great Google Outage of 2020, lasted for almost 3 hours. Most of the services are back and is running normally. Users, during the outage, were not able to access the services. The company is yet to issue a statement on the outage.

Google Meet now lets users customise video background

Google Meet has started rolling out a feature to let users customise backgrounds on the desktop version of the app. Users now have a choice to use a few default themes as background image – office spaces, landscapes, abstract backdrops. They can also upload their own images for the background, as well. Google Meet, earlier, had rolled out a feature to filter out background noise and blur the background. Feature for the mobile apps will be launched soon.

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Google Meet won’t limit the call duration for free users till March 2021

Google is extending its policy that lets free Google Meet users host calls for longer than 60 minutes. The policy that was earlier set to expire after Sept 30th is now extended to March 2021. Sept 30th also marks when G Suite and G Suite for Education customers will lose free access to some advanced Google Meet features – hosting meetings with up to 250 participants and ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive. That free access is not being extended.

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Google Meet: Google to limit meeting time to 60 mins on free version

Google will limit the meeting time on its VC platform – Google Meet – to 60 minutes, starting September 30. This limitation will only be for free users. The deadline is also applicable to other features like access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for education customers, including allowing meetings of up to 250 participants, live-streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive.

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