Google Meet Rolls Out 360-Degree Virtual Backgrounds For Video Calls


Google Meet is launching a new 360-degree virtual backgrounds for video calls on mobile. While Google first announced the new feature last month, now it’s rolling out on both iOS and Android and uses your device’s gyroscope to move with you.

The 360-degree background will change depending on where your phone or tablet’s positioned. So, if you move your phone left or right, your background will adjust to show different scenery. Google says users can apply “several” new 360-degree backgrounds during video calls, including one that shows a beach and another with a temple.

While the feature does look pretty cool, these backgrounds might get a little distracting between a call with someone who’s constantly moving their phone around.

Last month, Google started rolling out emoji reactions for Meet, including the heart, thumbs-up, clap, joy, astonished, thinking, cry, and thumbs-down emoji, but it still has a long way to go if it wants to catch up with Zoom’s complete library of reactions.

Google’s also in the process of gradually transitioning users to the new Meet app that combines the features of Duo, and sent out its final warnings last month as it prepares to switch users over.





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