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The web version of Google Meet receives improved background effects and cloud processing support


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 16 Aug, 2022

As part of the new update, Google Meet has improved the quality and performance of its background effects. Following the update, Google Meet users on the Web should notice improved background and foreground separation. 

As part of its app, the company says it is also offering support for cloud-based real-time video effects processing. According to Google, this will save battery and CPU power while improving affect quality.

A blog post posted by Google has announced that Google Meet for the Web will now have improved background effects as well as improved performance, including enhanced separation between the background and foreground effects.

The goal is to minimize choppy backgrounds that have been washed off during a move or do not look good. A background effect is used to hide dirty places, minimize distractions, and/or make video calls more enjoyable.

As part of this release, Google has also unveiled a new feature to help users with devices that aren't well suited to running real-time video effects. This type of machine can benefit from cloud processing support. 

The effects can now be processed in the cloud, making them available to machines with lower processing power. To provide the best experience, Meet automatically adjusts between device-based and cloud-based effect processing.

As a result, Google says it will save up to 30% of battery life and CPU time while optimizing effects. Background blur and light adjustment are the first effects that will benefit from cloud-based processing. 

The future will see the addition of additional effects, such as background replacement. For this feature, neither an admin control nor an end-user setting will be available.

The improved background and foreground separation is an option available to all Google Meet users on eligible devices as far as availability is concerned.

Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Workspace Individual customers can access the cloud-based processing feature.

The feature is not available for users of Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Frontline, Nonprofits, legacy G Suite Basic and Business, as well as users with personal Google Accounts.

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