Companion mode is a second-screen experience designed to support the transition to a hybrid work environment by providing easy access to various Google Meet controls and features for people calling from a shared office.
Previously, employees who called from a meeting room often had to jockey for control if they wanted to do simple things like raising their hands (virtually) or dropping a comment on a chat. The result was that employees who worked remotely and called to meetings using phones or PCs were often more active and visible in meetings than their peers in the office who participated using a traditional conference room set up.
However, thanks to the addition of Companion mode, office workers will soon have access to most features of Google Meet via Nest Hub Max or Other certified hardware Like a Lenovo tap while being part of a shared meeting. And while Nest Hub Max may not be a common sight in conference rooms today, this new mode could help Google move more devices into businesses of all sizes as they adapt to post-epidemic work arrangements. To attend a meeting using Companion mode, you can activate the settings either in Google Meet’s “Green Room” or using a dedicated URL: g.co/companion.
Google Meet features available in Companion mode include chatting, starting voting and voting, raising your hand (including displaying a person’s name and title), using host controls, and turning on captions or translations.
Google says the goal is to ensure that everyone has access to the same tools and features in a video call, regardless of where you work. Companion mode will be enabled by default, however, for people using the free version of Meet, it is important to note that anyone using it will count as an additional participant for the 100-person limit, a single person instead of a full room Participants.
Companion mode on Google Meet is launching this week, although depending on your domain or user type, it may take a few more weeks for it to become available on your device.
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