Internet search giant Google has rolled out a new feature for its video conferencing service — Meet — users that is aimed to help them understand how their local desktop and network environments affect meeting quality.

“Meet shares processing power and network connections with all other applications and browser tabs running on a computer. When the system is overusing its processing power or suffering from a bad network connection, Meet will try to adjust and maintain performance while consuming less resources. Some of those adjustments are less visible, but if resource shortages are severe or persistent, users may notice blurry video, stuttering audio, or other issues,” said Google. “With this launch, we’re providing more visibility into how the system is performing. We hope this will help diagnose and alleviate any noticeable performance issues if they occur” added Google.

Now, during a call, Meet users will be able to see network-related details of an ongoing call. Users will be able to now go to the three-dot menu and select “Troubleshooting and Help” to see:

* CPU load and network stability over time

* Time segments highlighted when the local environment likely affects the call quality

* Suggested actions to help improve call performance

* Real-time feedback on the effect of any action taken on network and processing load

* Tips for performing common tasks, like presenting content and recording meetings

Google says that there is no admin control for this feature and it will be available by default.

The feature has been scheduled to gradually roll our starting January 12 and it is available Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus, as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers.





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