Google has started offering custom wallpapers for the Meet video conferencing platform. The company announced this innovation in a blog post.
If you use Meet in Google’s Chrome web browser, you can access this feature from Windows or Mac laptops or desktop computers. Of course, systems with Chrome OS are also listed. Google noted that this feature will be coming to mobile very soon.
No browser extension is required to enable custom background images on Google Meet. You can choose from your own photo album or from the options provided by Google, including a variety of images, including landscape photos, various artistic images, and office photos.
According to the company, it will take a week for all Google Meet users to receive the new custom background image option.
For competing video conferencing services, Microsoft Teams and Zoom, the ability to change backgrounds in meetings is already available. All three services added new features as more people took advantage of video calling channels for working from home or remote education during the pandemic period. In recent months, Meet has gained new features such as the use of background blur in calls, support for real-time subtitles, low light mode, finger gesture and grid display that can show 49 people at the same time.
Google integrated Meet into Gmail last May. It posted a link in the sidebar and allowed anyone with a Google account to make free calls to 100 people with no time limit.
During the third quarter results meeting announced by Google last Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai noted that Meet hosts 235 million meetings and 7.5 billion calls per day.