Google announced that it is rolling out picture-in-picture mode for Google Meet on the Chrome browser, along with the ability to pin multiple video streams. With the new feature, users can see up to four video thumbnails in a meeting in a small floating window visible even when working with other windows and applications on your desktop computer.
The functionality is similar to picture-in-picture mode available on mobile for YouTube Premium users and all desktop users. Even though anyone can use YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode on a desktop browser, you need to download a special extension from Google to be able to do so.
But unlike YouTube, the picture-in-picture mode on Google Meet wouldn’t require any special extensions once it rolls out. All you have to do is right-click on the call window or click on the button with three vertical dots and select “Open picture in picture”. A video call window will appear and you can continue working on other browsers and applications while having the call simultaneously.
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In the blog post announcing the new feature, Google says the feature will be available to all Google Workspace users as well as former G Suite Basic and Business consumers. This feature will also be available to users with personal Google accounts. Also, there’s no admin control for the feature, which should mean it should be available to all Google Workspace users, whether or not it’s been enabled by their Workspace admin. The feature started rolling out on June 16 and should be available to all users by the end of the month.