Google Meet adds Chromecast support for video conferencing on larger screens
With the COVID-19 pandemic still a concern in many parts of the world, working from home has become the norm for many students and professionals. While most people rely solely on their phone or PC screen to video chat, Google wants to elevate the experience by adding a larger TV screen to the mix. Google Meet on Chromecast will make it easier than ever to expand the group video conferencing experience. Now, you can cast your meeting to your living room Android TV or other Google Cast-connected device.
The new Meet on Chromecast feature can be accessed by using the latest version of Google Chrome on a desktop PC. Your Chromecast will also need to be on the latest firmware version. While casting a meeting, your PC’s camera, microphone, and audio will still be used, but you’ll be able to see your fellow participants much better on a larger screen. All G Suite users can start meetings with up to 250 participants, though that limit will drop to 100 for Basic and Education users and 150 to Business users after September 30th. Of course, there’s no way to actually fit up to 250 participants on a single screen, but Meet’s tiled layout lets you see up to 16 people at the same time.
Even this clean and tidy UI may look cramped on a smaller screen, so that’s why Google is rolling out Meet on Chromecast. According to the instructions, you can start casting even before you join a meeting, or you can join a meeting and then start casting; it’s your call. To start casting, click the three-dot menu and then select “cast this meeting.” In the Cast tab, choose the Google Cast-enabled device you want to use, such as a TV with a connected Chromecast, a Cast-enabled smart TV, or a Cast-enabled smart display. To stop casting, click the three-dot menu again and then select “stop casting meeting.”
Over the past few months, Google Meet has become increasingly more popular as people transition to working from home. In addition to receiving new features, the service is also becoming one of Google’s top priorities in an effort to compete against other video conferencing options like Zoom.