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Google Meet web app

Highlights:

  • Google has launched a new web app for Google Meet.
  • You will no longer have to type out URLs or go to Gmail to start a meeting.
  •  you can simply download the app on your laptop, computer, or MacBook and use it.

The pandemic has supercharged video chat usage. Eighty-three percent of businesses with over 250 employees are likely to purchase video calling tools in the near future, according to a survey by Commercial Integrator. Underlining the trend, Meet had over 50 million users, a 900% increase from last March.

Google has launched a new web app for Google Meet. The Progressive Web Application has all the features of the Google Meet app. The announcement by Google comes weeks after Zoom announced its own PWA. You can find your meeting window faster and easier with the Google Meet Progressive Web App (PWA). The PWA and Google Meet have the same features. They automatically update when your Google Chrome browser updates.

The PWA is supported on:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Chrome OS
  • Linux

How to Install the Google Meet Progressive Web App?

To install the PWA, Chrome doesn’t need to be your default browser, but Chrome must be open.

  1. On your computer, go to meet.google.com.
  2. At the top right of your browser, in the URL bar, click Install.
  3. The Meet app appears in your app dock.

Google Meet new accessibility feature

Users with disabilities can participate in Google Meet video meetings using accessibility features in Meet, Chrome Browser, and Google meeting room hardware.

Live captions—Display captions of the person speaking so that participants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can follow what’s said in video meetings. If you record a video meeting, captions are not recorded and don’t appear when you play the recording.

Screen readers and magnifiers—Blind and low-vision users can use the built-in screen reader, full-page zoom, high-contrast color, and accessibility extensions in Chrome Browser.

Keyboard shortcuts—Users can control the camera and microphone and open accessibility features using the keyboard.

Google meeting room hardware—Hard-of-hearing and low-vision users can use spoken feedback and live captions on Google meet hardware and Chromebox and Chromebase for meetings.

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