Google is experimenting with a generative AI feature to create new backgrounds for Google Meet calls. This new test lets people type in a prompt to generate a call background.
Features first posted by Artem Russakovsii on Twitter, is part of Google Workspace Labs. That means only a few people who are part of the test will use it.
Google Meet begins rolling out AI background image support.
“In Google Meet, you can use the “Create background” command to create a background image using artificial intelligence. For example, you can ask Google Meet to create an illustration of a magical forest.”
— Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR) July 18, 2023
As Google’s support page explains (through XDA Developers), to use this feature, the user who is part of the test must click Apply Visual Effects > Generate background to open a prompt. You can type in a prompt like “Luxurious living room interior” and even choose a style like “Photography”, “Illustration”, or “Fantasy” for reference. You can also see other suggestions for backgrounds created based on the prompt.
If users think the generated content is unsafe, they can provide feedback to Google about it.
Google had previously experimented with AI-powered background generation when the company announced a new feature for Android in May at the Google I/O developer conference. In April, Snap also introduced a generative AI-based background generation feature for Snapchat+ subscribers.
The search giant has rolled out a nice set of features for Google Meet this year including emoji reactions, stopping the flow of individual tiles, support for 1080p streamingand installation of video tiles for educational users.