Google has three online meeting tools; Duo, Hangouts and Meet. With the ongoing pandemic and the sharp increase in the use of online meeting tools, Google has chosen to push Google Meet to users looking for a new and reliable solution for online audio / video calling.
Blur the background in Google Meet
Until this pandemic, online audio / video calling services have competitively competed with each other. The increase in demand for these services has led most, if not all, to add new features. Google Measure does not differ, although it lags behind other tools.
You can now automatically blur the background in Google Meet.
- Begin a new Google Meetings meeting (you can start one from Gmail), or click the link to a meeting.
- On the front screen, click on the at the top right of the More Options button and select the ‘Enable Background Blur’ option.
- Alternatively there is a background blur links at the bottom right of the preview screen which you can tap to quickly turn on / off background blur.
Blur background and system resources
Google Measure works in a browser and browsers only claim a toll on a system. This feature will further burden your system’s resources. It can take enough toll that the call quality may eventually suffer.
There is still no way to get around it. If the quality of the call drops to a point where you can no longer communicate easily, your only option is to eliminate the background blur.
Google may have implemented a background blur feature, but it’s not exactly optimized to work smoothly on systems with different capabilities. Programs like Microsoft Teams and Skype do exponentially better work with handling call quality, while still blurring the background. Zoom manages wallpapers so well that app users are actively looking for creative wallpapers to use in their meetings.
It’s clear to see that Google has not really put much effort into this. The feature was released at a point where many people are now returning to physical workspaces. Google has done very little to take advantage of the initial increase in demand for an online meeting tool.
How well it works, it does blur the background though. You may have a few edges around you, but the background is blurry enough so you can easily hide a cluttered room.
It is a good idea to sit in a well-lit place and against a background that does not mix too well with you, to fade more accurately.
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