An upcoming update will see Google Meet roll out a new feature allowing users to stream and share any of their video content across the web.
The tool brings “live sharing” integrations with platforms like YouTube and Spotify and mobile games like UNO! Movable.
This means you’ll be able to stream YouTube videos with your Google Meet friends or play various mobile games while continuing to interact, similar to Apple’s SharePlay functionality.
How can I use the feature?
Users can enable the new streaming feature by heading to the newly introduced Activities tab.
Users can then start the shared experience by clicking on the appropriate icon, for example Spotify.
This upgrade will happen in August 2022 for mobile and tablets and will come later for other devices.
Some of the integrations are limited, but for example the Spotify integration is only available to premium users.
What else is on the cards?
The news comes as the search giant fully merges Google Meet with its more consumer-oriented Duo offeringfirst released in 2016.
However, the merger won’t just bring more social features, as Google is also rolling out additional meeting features that will let you start an instant video call with your entire study group or connect with your colleagues in a recurring scheduled class.
Before joining a meeting, you’ll be able to change your background or apply visual effects, and during the meeting, users will also be able to use meeting chat and captions for more ways to participate.