Google Meet is rolling out Green Room, a feature that will give users a “quick preview” before joining a Google Meet video call of how they will look to others. The video conferencing platform aims to give users a head up on their settings with this function and save them from potentially awkward situations such as talking while their microphone is off or being the only one with the camera switched on.
You’ll see an alert and tips for troubleshooting obvious issues when a problem is identified, such as giving your browser permission to use the microphone or camera. Google plans to tackle problems such as an accidentally muted microphone, a secondary display monitor with a missing headphone or speaker link, other audio problems such as bad sound quality, too noisy audio, or background noise amplification microphone.
The green room functionality doesn’t have an end-user environment. They can click on the “Check your audio and video” button before users enter a meeting, which will appear before they join a meeting. It will open a “green room” once they click on the button, where users can preview their audio and video. The screenshot posted by Google Meet shows that users can see the desired choices such as a microphone, speaker, and camera. They can click on the ‘Next’ button to confirm the settings after users have tested the quality of the devices.
The green room functionality has begun to be rolled out by Google and will be available to all users within 15 days of the launch. For Google Workspace Basics, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus users, the Green Room will be open. It will also be open to customers of G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits consumers.
Google Meet, which began rolling out live captions in Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese in December 2020, will be available across all Meet versions. Improvements like blur backgrounds, custom backgrounds, noise cancellation, hand raising have also been brought in. Up to 100 members can be invited by anyone with a Gmail account and meet for up to 60 minutes every meeting for free.