Google Meet is getting a new update that brings the improved hand-raising feature. To recall, this feature was first introduced to the video conferencing app in November last year. In addition to this, there will be more improvements to automatic hand lowering, better notification and more. The company has pushed the update, which will be done in a staged manner.
The news comes by way of a blog post that mentions the improvements over the hand-raise feature that will allow the users to be more noticeable during an online meeting or a class. The blog post reads, “We’re improving the hand raise feature in Meet so that it is easier to notice and address raised hands.”
As per the company, the users will now notice an updated and improved visual icon and animation on the video tile. So that the people can be more acknowledged the tiles of people with raised hands will be moved to more visible in the video grid. In addition to this, the user will also get an audio notification when the first raised hand is raised. A clickable notification that shows the number of raised hands and which links to an ordered queue of all participants with raised hands and a participant’s hand will be automatically lowered after they speak.
As per the blog post, this feature will come on by default and there will be no admin control for this feature. For the end-users as well the functionality is on by default and likewise there is no end-user setting for this feature.
The improved hand raise feature will be made viable in meetings organized by users with Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Business customers. While meetings organized by users with Google Workspace Business Starter, G Suite Basic customers and users with personal Google Accounts will not get access to the hand raise feature.
How to raise or lower your hand?
All you need to do is Scroll to the bottom of the screen > click Hand raise. In a similar way you can lower your hand by scrolling down at the of the screen > click Lower hand. Also, all the participants in the group call will be notified when someone raises their hand. A Hand Raise icon appears on the participant’s self-view and they’re moved to the main grid so moderators can see the participants who have their hands raised. Only you and the moderator have the control to lower the hand. When the moderator lowers your hand, you receive a notification. If you speak and don’t lower your hand, your hand is automatically lowered. You can click “Cancel” to keep your hand up.
How to lower hands as a moderator?
The moderator has the ability to lower the hand if someone raises. The moderator will get notified and a notification will be seen at the bottom of the meeting window. To dismiss the notification, click Close X or Open Queue. Besides this, you can also open the people panel to view and lower your hands.
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