As 9to5Google reports, the latest update to Google Meet will allow the platform to “do more than just get things done in video meetings.” The report suggests that the video calling app could support – YouTube, Spotify, UNO and other “does not work” tools in the coming days. However, these features are currently in development and were discovered in the APK summary of the latest update version 2022.07.24 that has been rolled out through the Play Store.
According to the report, these upcoming features are expected to “make Google Meet a more exciting place.” The report also mentions that the APK contains various lines of code that hint at possible future features and hint that Google may or may not ever provide these features.
New changes expected for Google Meet
The report claims that users will be able to “directly share” multiple apps with other Google Meet participants as these features roll out. These features include not only business-ready options like GQueues’ to-do list, but also interactive games like – UNO and Kahoot plus other streaming apps like – YouTube and Spotify. Furthermore, each of these apps already has icons inside of Google Meet.
How will the features in this app work
Google Meet will not introduce these apps/games directly into the video call, instead it will integrate itself with the respective apps/games Android application. Google will redirect Meet calls to third-party apps when participants want to use live sharing to ensure that the group (in the call) stays together. However, the report mentions that live sharing will only be available to Android users, with no information on iOS or Web support.
According to the report, Google is expected to create a new corridor in Meet for games like UNO. Participants who want to join the lobby can do the same with a single tap. However, the report doesn’t clarify how Google Meet will keep media apps like YouTube and Spotify in sync between call participants. Furthermore, similar third-party services will stream the browser window of an application like – YouTube or Netflix for everyone to join the call.
Meanwhile, Google’s approach seems to involve remote control of various participants, the report found. The “toast” in the app also suggests that the call participants will be allowed to remotely pause/resume whatever is being shared.