Google Meet brings a new feature to correct poor lighting on video calls. After introducing a low-light mode on mobile devices last year, the internet giant has now added a new feature that automatically detects when a web user appears underexposed during a video call and increases the brightness of their device to improve visibility . There is no admin control for the new feature and users can disable it. Google says activating light adjustment can slow down the user’s device.
Google announced the introduction of the new feature in a blog post. This setting is only available on desktop and iOS devices when using Google Meet for the web. Users can check that the video lighting auto adjustment is updated by walking More> Settings> Video> Adjust video lighting from your computer. With video lighting adjustment enabled, Google Meet can detect if the user is underexposed during a video call and can automatically increase the brightness of their device to improve visibility for others. If the user is underexposed and the computer supports automatic recommendations, Meet prompts them to enable the automatic video lighting adjustment feature.
Users can also turn off the adjustment of the video lighting, as enabling it could affect the speed of the computer. According to Google, users may want to turn this feature off so that other apps can run faster. According to the support documents, the function for automatically adjusting the video lighting is available to all Google Workspace customers as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
The new feature started rolling out on Monday, September 20th and will be made available to all users in the coming weeks. However, the automatic adjustment of the video lighting requires a 64-bit operating system. It requires Chrome version M90 or higher on Windows, Mac, or Linux; Version M90 or higher on Chrome OS; and Edge (Chrome) 90 or higher on Windows or Mac with hardware acceleration and WebGL enabled.
Last year, Google Meet added a low-light mode to the Google Meet mobile apps for iOS and Android using its AI technology. The AI automatically adjusts the video to make users more visible to other participants in suboptimal lighting conditions. To limit interruptions during a video conference, Meet has added a function to filter out background distractions through the AI noise cancellation function.