Google Meet has improved its background effects quality and performance. Following updates, Google Meet users on the Web will experience more accurate background effects with enhanced separation between background and foreground. Additionally, the company says it will support cloud processing of real-time video effects on the app. According to Google, this will help save battery and CPU power on the device, as well as improve effect quality.
According to Google, Meet for the Web will now have better background effects with improved performance, including enhanced background and foreground separation. The goal is to prevent choppy backgrounds from getting washed off during movement or not looking as good as they could. The purpose of background effects is to hide dirt from where the meeting is being held, to limit distractions, and/or make video calls more enjoyable.
Additionally, Google has announced a new feature that will help users with devices that aren’t designed to run real-time video effects. Cloud processing support is available to people with such machines. By processing the effects in the cloud, less powerful machines can utilize background effects to their full potential. “Meet automatically adjusts between device-based and cloud-based effect processing for the best user experience.” It’s claimed to save battery and CPU usage while optimizing effect quality.
The first effects that will be supported by the cloud-based processing are background blur and light adjustment. In the future, additional effects, including background replacement, will be supported. Additionally, this feature will not be controlled by admins or end users.
The improved background and foreground separation is available to all Google Meet users on eligible devices. On eligible devices in eligible countries, Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus customers can access the cloud-based processing feature.
Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Frontline, Nonprofits, legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers, and users with personal Google Accounts cannot use it.