New Google Meet feature allows users to practically raise their hands in meetings
Google Meet has introduced a feature that will allow participants to virtually raise their hands in meetings to ask questions or indicate that they want to speak. The feature comes in the form of a Raise Hand button located at the bottom of the screen during a meeting. If more than one participant uses the feature, the meeting moderator will be able to see the raised hands in the order they were raised, so questions can be addressed accordingly.
Pressing the Raise Hand button during a conference call Google Meet will become a hand down button that the participant can later use to ‘lower’ their hands, explained Google in a blog post. Meeting moderators will also have the option of lowering a specific person’s hand or lowering all hands. If the moderator lowers their hand, they will receive a notification.
All participants are notified when someone raises their hand and the icon also appears in the participant’s own view. The characteristic is available to eligible users in Android, ios and the Web. The feature has started rolling out and could take up to two weeks to reach all users. Google Meet rival Focus it already has a feature that allows users to raise their hands in a meeting.
When a participant raises their hand in Google Meet, the meeting presenter will see a hand icon in the video preview. If the moderator is on another tab and does not have the Google Meet tab open, they will receive an audible notification when a participant clicks the Raise Hand button.
The Raise Hand feature is not available for users with Google G Suite Basic accounts, Workspace Business Starter plans, or customers. It is rolling out to users with Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus plans, as well as G Suite Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits plans.
Google has introduced several new features to its video conferencing service in recent months. Recently, Google Meet unfolded a feature that allows desktop users to change their backgrounds in a video call.