Google improves how Meet runs on Chromebooks by changing how it manages bandwidth. Thanks to the huge demand from students and staff working entirely from home, using Meet on a Chromebook while running other software such as Google Docs, Classroom, Kahoot and so on, has created some performance issues. Fortunately, Sweyn Venderbush, Chrome OS Product Manager, talked about how he and his team have identified a need for Meet’s software compatibility to be enhanced on Google’s laptops and outlined their work via The Keyword.
Google Meet will now be able to run video calls with other Chromebook and web apps much better, regardless of the user̵
For example, Chromebook’s camera and video performance will now be adjusted automatically to ensure that there is no unnecessary processing in the background. When you open another application on your device, your video quality may be slightly reduced to compensate for it. In addition, Meet will adjust the speed of your network by temporarily disabling the camera if your signal is too weak so that your call does not fall completely!
Another interesting thing to note is that Google’s engineers have partnered with Zoom to bring many of these AI and ML enhancements to their software as well. Google has been pretty good at playing nice with the competition, and mostly just finding ways to work with them to benefit users as a top priority. Zoom has also killed it this year, the same, so take it for what it’s worth.
There is no doubt that if the camera is turned off alone on a weaker connection, it may irritate you without further ado, but it is still a good improvement. The question is whether this can be turned on and off. Change is good, but can be perceived differently based on user. What are your thoughts on this? If it is not optional, most users will probably just rearrange the call so that they can prioritize fixing the internet. What camp do you land in? Let us know in the comments! ->