Google Meet adds live sharing for Spotify songs, YouTube videos and games

What do you want to know

  • Google Meet is rolling out a live sharing feature.
  • The new feature will allow meeting participants to interact with shared videos, songs or games.
  • It will support Spotify and YouTube, along with a few games.

Video conferences can get quite monotonous in the process, which is why Google is introducing a new live sharing feature in Meet to save call participants from boring talking in business.

Google has announcement (opens in a new tab) that it’s launching live sharing on Meet to give call participants a fun way to spend their breaks. The live share feature was already spotted during an app teardown a few days ago. It will direct your group call to another service that you want to share live with other participants.

Currently, it supports a handful of apps and games, including YouTube, Spotify, Heads Up!, UNO! Mobile and Kahoot! Integrating Google Meet with these services will allow you to watch YouTube videos or listen to Spotify songs with your group study mates or office mates during an icebreaker, for example.

To get started, just tap the overflow menu and open the “Activities” section. From there, you’ll find a list of services that you can share with others on your call. When you choose to launch Spotify, for example, the call will be redirected to the music streaming service via its group session mode. Spotify launched this feature in 2020 to make it easier to share a music experience with distant friends, although it’s currently only available to Premium subscribers.

Google said it also started adding these new features to the Duo app over the past few weeks in light of the app’s confusing transition to Meet. The update should be complete on smartphones and tablets before the end of the month.

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It’s worth noting that Meet already supports sharing your screen with call participants. However, this experience is confined to a group meeting instead of taking the call to a third-party service.

Meet’s live-sharing feature was also teased during the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 announcement on Wednesday. However, its availability and the list of supported apps vary by device and country.

Shirley K. Rosa