Google makes your Meet and Zoom calls run better on Chromebooks

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Google Meet and Zoom outperform Chromebooks thanks to new Chrome OS updates.

The latest updates to Chrome OS aim to address the challenges of distance learning for children and teachers.

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Attempting to learn remotely can be difficult for children, especially when they are working off
less-than-stellar machines

, or jumping for bandwidth with parents and sisters who also stop working and learning from home.

To help make things run smoother for kids and teachers alike, Google is making changes to its Chrome OS that allow Chromebooks to automatically switch to network and power requirements, and there should be fewer of breaking into remote learning sessions.

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For instance,
Meet Google

they automatically adjust the feed according to the network, releasing the frame when the teacher or other students have to share their screen to prevent large doses in performance. Similarly, Temporary Meet will convert video clips for a period of time if the network slows down to prevent participants from being completely cut off.

Google has also improved Chromebooks camera performance and video feed performance by reducing unnecessary processing of audio and video data, freeing up more memory for other tasks.

This will make it easier for students to use apps like Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets and Slides while participating in video lessons, Google said. At the same time, teachers can use features such as a grid view - which allows them to see all the children in their virtual classroom on-screen at the same time - without compromising on achievement.

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"Ensuring that video conferencing devices can handle all day while running various power - intensive applications and software is very important," said Google.

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"That's why we've been focusing on developing Chromebooks, so that they can work harder in the background as teaching and learning progresses smoothly."

Improvements have not only been identified for Meet: educators and pupils who use
Zoom

for distance learning you should also see better performance on Chromebooks, Google said.

"The Google and Zoom engineering teams have been working together on service enhancements for Chrome devices. Just like Meet, Zoom will change video performance based on the devices they use and what partners are using their devices to do. "

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