As we enter 2022, it’s clear that hybrid conferences might be a mainstay of how work occurs for hundreds of thousands of individuals world wide. Throughout the Google Workspace group, we spent a lot of final yr bettering the hybrid expertise inside our instruments, particularly in Google Meet. New options like computerized noise cancellation, new digital backgrounds, and computerized mild adjustment have helped maintain the give attention to folks and be sure that everybody will be seen and heard in a hybrid assembly—irrespective of how and the place they’re becoming a member of.
Google additionally spent a lot of final yr growing our personal greatest practices as a group for making hybrid conferences as inclusive as potential. I’m completely happy to share our method under, which takes benefit of the newest improvements in Google Workspace instruments—from Calendar to Areas to Meet updates.
Placing Companion mode to work in hybrid conferences
In 2021, we pre-announced Companion mode in Google Meet, which is designed to seamlessly join these within the convention room with their distant teammates, giving everybody entry to superior host and participation options, whereas leveraging the perfect of in-room audio and video conferencing capabilities.
Now you can use Companion mode in your laptop computer when you’re in a gathering linked to Google Meet hardware or the Nest Hub Max. Companion mode, which begins rolling out on the whole launch immediately, lets you entry interactive options and controls reminiscent of chat, display screen sharing, hand elevating, polls, host controls and extra, whereas conserving your video and audio off to keep away from suggestions with the convention room hardware. Moreover, you may allow captions and translations in your most well-liked language and examine displays up-close by yourself gadget.
You’ll be able to be part of a gathering utilizing Companion mode from the assembly touchdown web page or through the use of g.co/companion. Should you intend to right away share content material, you may concurrently be part of the assembly and current from Companion mode utilizing g.co/current.
Companion mode can assist groups embrace extra folks—and views—in each hybrid assembly.