Google Meet Introduces Interactive Companion Mode for iOS and Android

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After initially being introduced for the web and Nest Hub Max, Google is now rolling out the “Companion Mode” feature to the Meet app on both Android and iOS platforms.

Companion Mode is designed for users participating in Meet calls from within a conference room instead of their personal computers.

It allows you to access “interactive features and controls” if you are in a meeting room or a large meeting space.

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You can also use the room access feature on your mobile phone, making it easier for other attendees to see your name alongside the meeting room you’re joining. Then, express reactions without interrupting the speaker and raise your hand to indicate your desire to speak. Next, turn on captions to display accompanying translations while everyone speaks during the meeting and exchange chat messages with other participants in the meeting.

Display and zoom in on presented content to easily follow along with the presenter on your own device.

On mobile phones, Google describes Companion Mode as allowing you to “participate in meetings without opening your laptop. From the pre-join screen, you’ll see a new button labeled ‘Use Companion Mode.'”

This can be particularly useful in meeting spaces where laptop space is limited, or as an easy and discreet way to participate during large personal meetings, such as all-hands meetings or town halls.

Companion Mode will be rolled out on Google Meet for both Android and iOS platforms in the coming weeks.

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