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Updating its features to suit WFH needs, Google Meets has now added a helpful new feature that notifies members of a meet when someone wants to speak their turn. Called the ‘Hand-Raising Feature’, the new update includes a new hand-raising animation, notification sound, and adjustments to how hosts are made aware of raised hands.

With the Hand-Raising feature, members who are part of the meeting will see an updated and improved visual icon and animation on the video tile. The tiles of people with raised hands may be moved to be more visible in the video grid. Furthermore, an audio notification will set off for all participants when the first raised hand is raised.

Source: Google Workspace Updates

A clickable notification will show the number of raised hands and which links to an ordered queue of all participants with raised hands, and a participant’s hand will be automatically lowered after they speak.

A great feature for businesses that daily include a sizeable number of people on the virtual workspace, hand-raising will make conversations a lot less chaotic and clutter-free. 

The new feature will be available for any meeting created by hosts with Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Nonprofit, and G Suite Business accounts.

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