Google Meet gets Google Meet closing New audio and video to allow hosts to turn off other participants’ microphones and cameras.
The new feature basically lets you mute the user and prevents them from being unmute until you unlock them.
And earlier this year, Google rolled out the ability for hosts to mute everyone at once in a conference call.
This latter feature takes it a step further by preventing participants from unmute themselves at any time during the call.
Once the host has enabled the audio or video lock in the master meeting, it is also applied to the sub-rooms.
However, any changes made to the lock setting within a sub-room will not affect the settings of the other sub-rooms or the main meeting.
The company says that the audio and video locks give hosts more control over their meetings by letting them decide when they want to allow different levels of participation from users.
Audio and video locks also give hosts the ability to address annoying meeting participants.
It should be noted that participants using versions of Android and iOS apps that do not support the new feature are removed from the meeting if the host has turned on the audio or video lock.
If users try to join a meeting that currently has locks enabled, they are prompted to update their app to allow them to enter the meeting.
However, if the host turns the locks off, participants can join the meeting again.
Google Meet supervision just got easier
New voice and video lock features are rolling out to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
The company has rolled out several features for Google Meet over the past few months. And it continues to compete with Zoom and Microsoft Teams amid the era of work from home brought about by the pandemic.
And the company launched a new feature last month that automatically adjusts the brightness of the webcam. In addition, Google introduced an updated user interface and many more features for the Google Meet platform in the month of April.
The video conferencing platform has also partnered with other services, such as Otter.ai, with the aim of retaining more users.