Google Meet is Getting Gmail Integration And Zoom-Style Grid Layout


During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the demand for video conferencing has increased at a very tremendous rate. Looking forward to this opportunity, Google is improving Google Meet (earlier known as Hangouts Meet). With the latest change, Google Meet will get new Gmail integrations and a Zoom-style layout. 

Google vice president Javier Soltero today told Reuters that starting today, Google Meet calls can display up to 16 participants in a grid at once, which reminds of a similar layout as that of Zoom. Until now, Google only allowed four people to show up in a grid and now it has expanded the number of participants to 16. 

In addition to that, users will be able to access video calls via Meet directly from Gmail. This is something which missing despite being a common feature of the old Hangouts.

With these changes, Google hopes to attract some customers from Zoom especially when Zoom is going through some security concerns which have eroded some of its recent popularity.

The Gmail integration will start appearing today. The grid layout and improved video should come to Google Meet later this month. Well, Google didn’t give any defined date on when this new grid layout will be coming to Google Meet.

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