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Google Meet has announced several updates to its live streaming features, focusing on enhanced accessibility and user experience.
Meeting hosts can now start live streams during calls without pre-scheduling. On the other hand, for viewers, livestream viewers see real-time audience size for engagement insights, just like on YouTube and Instagram.
A new button on the join screen enables the quick transition to the live stream experience. With this, there is also Improved performance for joining large live streams, which allows fast video start-up to minimize latency and interruptions.
And finally, Google Meet mobile apps on Android and iOS devices now support live stream viewing, enabling participation on the go.
The updates are rolling out for web and meeting room hardware, gradually expanding to mobile app and Gmail integration throughout January 2024.
Live streaming functionalities are available to Google Workspace Enterprise and Education Plus customers. At the same time, broader Workspace user groups can access live streams for viewing.
Personally, I believe that these enhancements cater to a wider audience and address common user pain points associated with live streaming in Google Meet. The focus seems to be clear: simplified setup, improved audience awareness, and mobile accessibility.