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MemberSeptember 13, 2021 at 8:17 am
For its part, Google unveiled new features for Workspace along with new hardware and updates to its Meet video app.
New to Meet is the ability to initiate a video or audio call directly from Gmail with the push of a button, rather than requiring a meeting to be scheduled first. The Google Meet calling functionality will be expanded to other areas of the Workspace app, too, including one-to-one text chats.
Google also touted new video conference hardware devices designed to work with Meet, part of its Series One range. The Series One Board 65 is a 65-in. all-in-one 4K display ($6,999), built by Google partner Avoncor; it offers a high-definition camera and audio for group video meetings, and has Google’s Jamboard whiteboard app built in. A smaller Series One Desk 27 ($1,999) is also available, as well as third-party audio devices from Logitech (Logitech Rally Bar Mini and Rally Bar for Google Meet).
Google also announced interoperability between Cisco Webex hardware devices and Meet hardware, meaning that Cisco hardware can run Google Meet videos, and vice versa. The interoperability is due out later this year.
The arrival of Companion mode in Meet, first announced at Google I/O in May, has been pushed back to November. It will allow in-room meeting participants to access interactive features such as chat, whiteboard, polls and more on a laptop or mobile device. Live-translated captions for several language (English to French, German, Spanish and Portuguese) will also be available via Companion mode later this year.
MemberSeptember 13, 2021 at 5:20 pm
The companion mode will be popular among hybrid workers.