Identifying the issues behind a sketchy or badly-connecting Google Meet video call could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new update.
The video conferencing platform has introduced a new service that will let admins monitor call quality and single out any issues or bandwidth bottlenecks.
The new Meet quality tool will even allow admins to monitor connections over time, spotting if there are any specific times when bandwidth may be in high demand.
Google Meet bandwidth
In a blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the new tool, Google notes that the service will monitor both inbound and outbound bandwidth, covering both used and available.
"Surfacing this information helps admins visualize participants bandwidth compared to the quality of a call, making it easier for them to determine where a bandwidth bottleneck could be causing low quality," the company noted.
Google added that knowing which bitrates are available or being used for specific endpoints can be crucial when performing troubleshooting or working to improve call quality in your domain. However such data was previously only available as an average across entire calls, which can make it difficult to narrow down problems during specific points in time.
"We hope by surfacing this detailed information, Admins can easily troubleshoot or improve call quality for their users," it said.
The tool is available by default to all Google Workspace customers now, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers.
The news is the latest in a series of updates as Google looks to ensure its video calling tool stays up to speed with competitors such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Some of its most recent upgrades include allowing up to 500 participants to join a video call at the same time to make it easier to connect and collaborate with colleagues, clients and customers.
Users can also enable live streaming in Google Meet which will allow up to 100,000 viewers to watch at once.
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