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Google Meet is getting more layout controls, video backgrounds

Soon, you'll be able to hide your own video while talking on Google Meet.

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Google Meet has more options for organizing content on a call. 


A year after making Google Meet free for everyone, the company is refreshing the videoconferencing service. Starting next month, the redesign will give you more control over highlighting the content you see on your screen, by letting you pin or unpin presentations, speakers or multiple speakers, for example, Google said in a blog post Thursday. That includes repositioning, hiding or resizing your own video feed.

If cheeky backgrounds are your thing, Google Meet will soon support video backgrounds. To start there will be three options to choose from -- a classroom, a party and a forest -- but Google said more are on the way. Google Meet will also offer lighting adjustments if you're over- or underexposed while on camera. 

In addition, a new feature, called Data Saver, is designed to help you limit data usage on mobile networks.

The Google Meet updates will be rolling out to users over the coming weeks and months, the search giant said.