Google Meet is getting new audio and video locks to let hosts flip off the microphones and cameras of different individuals. The brand new characteristic primarily allows you to mute a person and stop them from unmuting themselves till you unlock them.
Earlier this yr, Google rolled out the power for hosts to mute everybody all of sudden in a bunch name. This newest characteristic takes the transfer a step additional by stopping individuals from unmuting themselves at any level through the name.
As soon as a bunch permits both an audio or video lock in the principle assembly, it would even be utilized to breakout rooms. Nevertheless, any adjustments made to a lock setting inside a breakout room is not going to have an effect on the settings of different breakout rooms or the principle assembly.
Google says audio and video locks give hosts extra management over their conferences by letting them resolve after they wish to permit completely different ranges of participation from customers. It additionally offers them the power to deal with disruptive assembly individuals.
It’s price noting that individuals utilizing variations of the Android and iOS apps that don’t help the brand new characteristic will probably be faraway from the assembly if the host activates the audio or video lock. If customers attempt to be a part of a gathering that presently has the locks enabled, they are going to be prompted to replace their app with a view to be allowed into the assembly. Nevertheless, if the host turns off the locks, the individuals will be capable to rejoin the assembly.
The brand new audio and visible lock options are beginning to roll out right this moment to all Google Workspace prospects, together with G Suite Primary and Enterprise prospects.
Google has been rolling out quite a few options for Meet over the previous few months, because it continues to compete with Zoom and Microsoft Groups amid the work-from-home period introduced on by the pandemic. For example, the corporate launched a brand new characteristic final month that robotically adjusts your webcam brightness. Moreover, Google rolled out a refreshed UI and several other options for Meet in April. The videoconferencing platform has additionally partnered with different providers, equivalent to Otter.ai, with the purpose of retaining and attracting extra customers.