Google on Thursday announced that it is adding new live-sharing tools to Meet that are analogous to Apple SharePlay, making it more straightforward for call participants to interact with content together in real-time.
The announcement comes as Google continues the great merger between its Duo and Meet video communications apps.
It is important to note that Google previously added several live-sharing features to Duo in February, and as part of the merger, it is bringing them to Meet as well.
These features include watching YouTube videos together and other live-sharing activities.
Users will be able to view YouTube videos together, listen to music on Spotify, and play games like Heads Up!, UNO Mobile, or Kahoot! using the live-sharing feature.
These new features will be accessible through the three-dot menu under a new Activities page that includes Q&A and polling options. Users can then start a shared activity from that point on.
Last week, Google updated Duo's symbol and changed its name to Google Meet to complete the combination of the two video calling programmes.
It is all very confusing, but Google Meet will now be known as "Google Meet (original)," and it will have a green symbol.
In-meeting chat, virtual backdrops, instant and scheduled meeting options, and other new features have also been added to Meet by the IT giant.
Despite the fact that these most recent updates are effective for Meet calls across various platforms, users who are already part of the Apple ecosystem will be more accustomed to this kind of social content consumption thanks to SharePlay, which is compatible with a wider range of apps including Apple TV+, TikTok, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, NBA, Twitch, MasterClass, ESPN+, Paramount+, Pluto TV, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Music.
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