Google released essential information regarding the new features as well as upgrades for Google Workspace users. The company officially revealed that its Google Meet platform would soon offer users the option to mute by releasing the spacebar and unmute by pressing down on it.
Google States “We hope this makes it even easier for you to participate in your meetings by quickly unmuting to say something. This feature will also help in situations where you forget to mute again after unmuting yourself.”
This new feature is much similar to Zoom’s push-to-talk feature, plus it is turned off by default, and users will be able to enable it in the settings of their Google Meet app.
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Besides the mute/unmute option, Google also changed how its “Hey Google” voice command operates on the Meet app. As a result, the Google Assistant will activate if the device is absent from the meeting, plus about 10 minutes prior to any scheduled meeting.
Other upgrades include integrating more flexibility within Google Sheets, plus extra methods to collaborate with others via Google Drive’s visitor sharing.
Google Duo + Meet Integrations
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In August 2022, Google also mixed the features of its Duo app into Meet. Currently, the logo update is out for the iOS and Android Duo apps. However, the users who download Google Meet in September will obtain the new, combined Meet+Duo version.
Moreover, Google also states that it will offer the new version for Workspace users as well as personal Google Accounts on web browsers from September 9th, but it can take up to 15 days for users to view it.
The new feature can be convenient for users who no longer have to keep switching to mute or unmute using the former methods. Users working or studying from home, plus attending video calls daily, can benefit from this feature.
Upgrading the Google Meet mute/unmute option is a step towards keeping up with its competitors, such as Zoom, while providing useful features to the users.