Google Meet: the new On-The-Go function for mobile use

Google Meet it is a very useful app for professionals but which, at the same time, has demonstrated some limitations when used while driving or walking.

To solve this problem, the Mountain View giant has enriched the service with a specific mode of use, which has been given the name On-The-Go. This function features a simplified user interface, with large buttons that are easy to manage even in less than optimal conditions of use.

It is reorganized to reduce clutter and display only the most important options, such asmute on/off, to raise the hand and similar. All this allows you to hold meetings even while walking or traveling by public transport.

With On-The-Go it’s possible turn off the video feedhowever showing the key information of the meeting on the display, such as theactive speaker and the number of competitors to the call.

The On-The-Go function is ideal for attending meetings on public transport or while walking

In its blog post, Google stated how “As people are increasingly on the move, it is becoming more common to attend meetings while walking, in a car or on public transport. That’s why we’re introducing the On-the-Go experience, which will make it easier for you to focus on critical meeting details, reduce external distractions, and save bandwidth with an audio-only experience“.

The On-The-Go mode of Google Meet has been in development for some time and now it is finally available for all customers and users of Workspace with personal accounts. The feature is enabled by default and the app will detect how much the user is moving, asking if it is appropriate to use On-The-Go mode. However, it is possible to block the function by accessing Menu and going in SettingsMeeting.

Beyond that, Google has made some improvements to Google Meet’s viewer mode. Users who adopt this solution can send emoji reactions during video calls to show their involvement in the meeting.

These innovations follow others that have involved Google Meet in recent times, such as support for 1080p video calls for group calls, the possibility of disable individual video feeds and many other new features.


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