Google Meet is finally catching up with Zoom in the most possible way that matters which is backgrounds. Now users can replace the background completely with the pictures of their choice instead of cutting it down on background noise and blurring out the background.
Users would be able to choose from a wide range of pictures from the collection of Google Meet or upload their own via Chrome OS and Chrome on Windows and macOS from today on Google Workspaces on Rapid Release domains and from 6th November for Scheduled Release domains. Users from education sector starting a Meet room would not be able to use this feature.
Users will get to know when they would get custom backgrounds when they see its new icon on a Meet call. They just have to tap on it and select whether they want a light blur effect, a strong blur, pre-loaded background or their own uploaded background. This year, if users are in a G Suite organization, their administrator may elect to control who can use the custom and preset backgrounds.
Mobile apps for Google Meet would get the feature later in an update and it will be still playing to catch up with the Android app of Zoom.