Google Meet’s group video chats have had a tile layout on large screens since the start of the pandemic, but you’ve had to endure a far less practical (and less egalitarian) view if you wanted to participate on your phone. No more Google is rolling out the grid view for mobile users on iOS, with Android “coming soon.” Instead of focusing primarily on one caller at a time, Meet now gives equal treatment to several participants.
It’s a relatively simple move, but it’s also an important acknowledgment that video chats have changed as a result of social distancing and the shift to working from home. You’re less likely to be watching a boardroom presentation and more likely to be holding running conversations with coworkers, family and friends. And with many companies making remote work a permanent option, the Google Meet changes could be helpful long after it’s safe to see others in person.