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Google Tests AI-Generated Backgrounds for Meet Calls

Google is trialing an AI-powered feature to create custom backgrounds for Google Meet calls. Users in the test group can generate backgrounds based on prompts and styles.

AI-Generated Backgrounds: Google's New Experiment on Meet

Google is running an experiment with a generative AI feature that can create custom backgrounds for Google Meet calls. The new feature allows users to type in a prompt that the AI uses to generate a background.

As initially reported by Artem Russakovsii on Twitter, this experiment is a part of Google Workspace Labs, implying only a select group of testers will have access. According to Google's support page (via XDA Developers), to use the feature, test participants must click on 'Apply Visual Effects' > 'Generate a background' to open the prompt. They can then type a prompt such as "Luxurious living room interior" and even choose a style, including "Photography," "Illustration," or "Fantasy." The system will also provide suggestions for generated backgrounds based on the entered prompt.

Users can report to Google if they find any of the AI-generated content inappropriate or unsafe.

This experiment follows Google's previous foray into AI-powered background generation, announced at the Google I/O developer conference in May for Android. Snap also introduced a similar feature for Snapchat+ subscribers in April.

Throughout this year, Google has released several new features for Google Meet, including emoji reactions, individual tile stream pausing, support for 1080p streaming, and video tile pairing for educational users.

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