Google Meet steals Zoom tips to simply activate voice

When Google does unnecessary complex the process of combining Meet and Duo app, now throws features copied from Zoom in the mix. In updates on the Google Workspace blogThe company announced that Google Meet will soon give you the ability to unmute yourself by holding down the spacebar and to mute yourself again by releasing it.

If you use Zoom a lot, this feature might sound very similar its push-to-talk feature — and that’s because it’s basically the same thing. Zoom has had the feature since at least 2020, and it’s useful whenever you want to join in during a meeting but don’t want to make a lot of noise.

Google says it will start rolling out its own version of the shortcut to all Workspace users on September 9, but it may take up to 15 days for you to see it. Once it arrives, it won’t be enabled by default, so you’ll need to enable it from Google Meet settings.

Confusing, Google’s attempt to merge Duo and Meet leaving us with the new Meet app (the app that combines Duo and Meet), the old Meet app (Native), and Duo shortcut that leads to Meet. This is really something only Google can think of. That said, I pretty sure The new push-to-talk feature will be coming to the new Google Meet app, but it’s still unclear if the feature will be coming to the Meet (Native) app, as Google will eventually discontinue it. The Verge reached out to Google to see if it could resolve the issue but got no immediate response.

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