The Mountain View company has added new tools to Google Meet that make it easier for end users to understand how the local desktop and network environments they operate with affect the quality of meetings.
During a call you can now access the options menu, the three-point button, and select troubleshooting options and help to display a variety of information.
These include: the CPU load and the stability of the network over time; segments highlighted periods when the local environment probably affects the quality of the call; suggestions for actions to be carried out to improve the performance of the calls; real-time feedback on the effect of any action taken on
What is the utility of these new tools introduced for Google Meet?
Google Meet shares the processing power and network connections with all other browser applications and tabs running on a computer. When the system is consuming its computing capacity excessively or suffering from a bad network connection, Google Meet tries to adjust accordingly and maintain performance by consuming less resources.
Some of these adjustments are less noticeable, but if the resource shortage is severe or persistent, users may experience reduced performance in the form of blurred video, snap audio or other problems.
With the release of these tools Google aims to give users greater visibility on how the system is working. This could help diagnose and control any performance problems that may occur in an obvious way if they occur.
This feature will be available by default for end users and is in phase-out roll-out. In addition, the Help Center contains a number of tips on how to solve problems with Google Meet, including performance issues.