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Google Meet may soon get bokeh mode – Times of India


Google’s video conferencing tool — Google Meet — is soon going to get an option to blur the background, according to a report by 9to5Google.

This was found in the APK Insight that was uploaded to the Google Play Store, where various lines of code hinted that this might be rolled out soon. “Today, Google Meet version 41.5 began rolling out via the Play Store, with the only noteworthy change being the addition of four strings that mention background blur,” said the report.

If this feature is rolled out it will work out pretty much the same way as the bokeh mode or the portrait mode works on the front camera of your smartphone.

Readers must note that this feature has been found in the APK teardown of the Android app of Google Meet, making it a possible future feature. It is at the same platform that the Google Meet crossed a million downloads earlier this week.

It is also equally possible for the company to not pursue this feature at all, clarifies 9to5Google.

Apart from the whopping figure of 50 million downloads on Google Play Store, another milestone figure was recently revealed by Javier Soltero, vice president & GM, G Suite who said, ”Last month, we were adding roughly 3 million new users every day.” He attributed this figure as a reason as to why the company decided to offer the Google Meet service — which has been part of Google’s G Suite productivity solution for organisations including businesses and schools — for free.

Just yesterday, the company also announced that it will soon roll out support on Google Chat — renamed version of the Hangout Chat — to allow users to talk others who are outside their organisation’s domain. This upcoming feature will be rolled out gradually up to 15 days starting May 26.



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