Google Meet, Tile View: 8 on smartphones, 48 ​​on iPad

Google Meet, Tile View: 8 on smartphones, 48 ​​on iPad

Google Meet, Tile View

Last week, the Workspace Twitter profile anticipated the arrival of a novelty intended for Google Meet, in particular for the platform's mobile applications: support for the Tile View layout for smartphones and tablets. The distribution has already started on the iOS ones and will then come to affect the Android ones at a later time.

Meet: up to 48, all together, on the iPad screen

Today on the pages of the official blog make their appearance two screenshots useful to take a closer look at the new grid interface. Below is the one reserved for phones (the rollout has already started on iOS, it will debut on Android by the end of March) which will allow you to view up to 8 participants at the same time.

Here below instead the 48 users displayed all together on some iPad models, inside a 6 × 8 grid.

Meet is one of the services that, since the explosion of the health emergency in then they were more used by those who found themselves collaborating from home with their colleagues in smart working and by students involved in following the online classes of distance learning.

The news announced by Google regarding the Tile View is the latest in a long series: others recently introduced involved the recording of lessons, an optimization of performance on the computers of the Chromebook line, an audio-video check to be performed first to join a meeting and better manage notifications.

Source: Google Workspace Updates

Google Meet tile view comes to mobile, starting on iOS with 48-person iPad layout [Update]

Last year, Google’s video calling app gained an improved desktop layout to help you see everyone in large meetings. The Google Meet tile view is now coming to the mobile apps, starting with iOS.

Update 3/15: Google has provided more details about the upcoming tile view. It will begin rolling out to Android at the end of March. On phones (including iOS), you can see up to eight square video feeds. Meanwhile, “selected” iPads — presumably the 12.9-inch Pro — will support 48 video feeds through a packed 8×6 layout.

Google repeats that a “gradual rollout is in progress now” on Apple devices. Google Meet and Gmail for iOS were updated in recent weeks to “deliver a consistent user experience across platforms.”

Original 3/10: Google briefly announced the new Android and iOS view at the start of this month when laying out its plans for the future of work, and a new Workspace Frontline tier. 

The mobile tile view lets you see more people at once. Up to eight participants can appear simultaneously with any additional people noted in the bottom-right corner. Each box features the person’s name, while talk status is noted in the top-right corner. 

Google today said that the tile view is now rolling out to Meet on iOS, which presumably includes both the dedicated app and integrated experience inside Gmail. It’s “coming soon” for Android.

This year, the company plans to improve the Google Meet experience on mobile. For example, “split-screen and picture-in-picture support on Meet mobile will help you seamlessly chat or browse your Gmail without missing the visual thread of a meeting.” Background replacement, Q&A, and polls will also soon be available.

More broadly, Meet is focusing on second-screen experiences that allow you to use a mix of devices to host calls. 

With new second-screen capabilities, people can present and fully participate in the Google Meet experience, including with chat, polls, and Q&As, from any device, no matter where they are.

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