Finally, using a USB headset for Google Meet conversations is becoming less complicated

Google Meet has been updated to make it more simpler to use USB devices like headsets and microphones during calls.

Changes to the video conferencing platform have been made public, expanding the capabilities of users.

Headsets, speaker microphones, and other USB peripheral devices will soon include mute and unmute buttons.

Capability to connect via USB to Google Meet

Users may also use the colour changes of an LED on a USB device to know whether or not they are muted, which should prevent any embarrassing “hot mic” slip-ups.

This function is exclusive to browsers based on the Chromium open-source project, which includes Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, and Opera.

While Google warns that “user experience may vary from device to device,” Bluetooth devices are currently unsupported. The business does provide a long list of Meet-approved headers and speaker microphones, including those made by Poly, Jabra, Anker, and Bose.

In a blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the change, the firm said, “Video conferencing has become a cornerstone of the hybrid work experience, with Google Meet enhancing communication and collaboration for teams of all sizes.” Because of this, “people regard the usage of peripheral devices—from headsets to speakermics to mute buttons and more” to be crucial to their video conference experience.

Google said that this update is only the first of a series of planned improvements to Meet and that the company eventually aims to include the ability to mute video, stop a meeting, and more.

All Google Workspace users, as well as those with older versions of G Suite Basic and Business, may take advantage of the update as of right now.

As the war for video call dominance heats up, this change should help Google Meet catch up to its main competitor, Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft recently announced that, beginning with the first deployment, users may answer, terminate, and place a Teams conversation on hold using a Bluetooth headset or loudspeaker without the requirement for a USB adapter.