Google Meet adds hardware verification tool | Digital Trends Spanish


“We lost you”, “you have your microphone turned off” or “you froze” are some of the phrases that users of video calling services have heard for little more than a year in the middle of the boom of online meetings for the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid it, Google announced the addition of a tool to check that everything is working properly before joining a meeting on Meet.

The tool is located in the lower left corner of the Meet screen. By selecting it, users will be able to check that the audio and video devices, such as the microphone and the webcam of the computer or cell phone, have the necessary permissions to be used during the video call.

Google detailed that the function also allows adjustments to the lighting and positioning of the camera in order to improve the quality of the video.

The tool also verifies the quality of the internet connection, of which Google recommends a connection of at least 1 Mbps for calls with two participants, and of at least 2 Mbps for video calls with up to 10 participants.

Google indicated that the tool to verify the operation of devices will be available to all users within a period of two weeks from the first days of February 2021.

He added that the feature will be available to all Google Meet users, including free users and those with access to the Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus plans.

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