Google Meet has introduced a feature through which participants can virtually participate in the meeting to ask questions or indicate that they want to speak. During the meeting, this function appears at the bottom of the screen in the form of a “raise hand” button. If multiple participants use this feature, the meeting host will be able to view the raised hands in the order in which they are raised so that the problem can be resolved accordingly.
Google explained in a blog that when the “raise hand” button is pressed in a Google Meet meeting, it will become a “start” button that participants can use to “drop” their hands in the future. The meeting host can also choose to put down a specific person’s hand or all hands. If the host puts down your hand, you will receive a notification.
When someone raises their hand, all participants will receive a notification, and the icon will also appear in the participant’s self-view. This feature is suitable for qualified users on Android, iOS and the Web. This feature has begun to roll out, and it may take up to two weeks to reach all users. Google Meet rival Zoom already has a feature that allows users to raise their hands in meetings.
When a participant raises their hand on Google Meet, the meeting host will see a hand icon in the video preview. If the host is on another tab and the Google Meet tab is not open, when participants click the “raise hand” button, they will receive a sound notification.
Users with personal Google accounts, Workspace Business Starter plans, or G Suite basic customers cannot use the raise hand feature. It is launched for users with Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus and G Suite Business, Education, Enterprise for Education and Nonprofits plans.
Google has introduced some new features to its video conferencing service in the past few months. Recently, Google Meet introduced a feature that allows desktop users to change the background of a video call.
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