In April 2020, Google added a Tiled layout to its Google Meet video conferencing app as lockdown measures against the COVID-19 pandemic popularized the concept of “working from home.” This allowed users to see up to 16 other meeting participants. This Google Meet mosaic view is now coming to mobile.
Google wednesday ad that the new layout option is being rolled out for Meet on iOS. The company says the Android app will adopt the new feature “soon” as well, although it doesn’t provide an exact timeframe. And while Google hasn’t clarified yet, the tiled layout should be available through both the dedicated app and the built-in experience in Gmail.
Google Meet’s mosaic view on mobile lets you see up to eight participants at a time. Additional people, if any, are noted in the lower right corner. Each square or tile has the person’s name on it. If someone is speaking, a blue limit will highlight them and a chat status will appear in the upper right corner of that particular box.
Google Meet gets a mosaic view on mobile apps
2020 has changed the way we learn, work or play. With the ongoing global health crisis, which has brought virtually all outdoor activities to a halt, it all started to happen on screen. This is when video conferencing apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet gained popularity. All of these platforms have since added new features to make the experience smooth and enjoyable for their users and Google Meet is no exception.
Over the past year, Google’s video conferencing app has acquired many new features. As you would expect, the desktop or web version of the app has always taken priority over mobile apps. However, Google Meet on mobile is now picking up these new additions one after another.
Google recently announced an update to the Google Workspace suite, introducing support for background replacement and the ability to participate in Q&A and polls on the Meet mobile apps. Additionally, Meet in Gmail also supports split screen and picture-in-picture. This allows you to seamlessly browse your Gmail while keeping your eyes and ears on the meeting.
Now, with the rollout of tiled layout to mobile apps, Google Meet is ready to make remote working more fun. Hopefully, the Android app won’t take too long to integrate the new feature.