Google Meet gets push-to-talk with space bar unmuted

Google Meet is getting a pretty nifty shortcut that lets you unmute by holding down the space bar.

Some people prefer to stay silent during a call and manually unmute when they have something to say. Google Meet on the web will soon have the ability to “hold spacebar to unmute.” If you release the key, it will return to the muted state.

Google says this will “also help in situations where you forget to re-mute after re-muting”, which is quite common. The space bar shortcut will be off by default and must be manually enabled in Google Meet settings.

It begins rolling out today and will be “available to all Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts on all web browsers” in the coming weeks.

Earlier this month, Google Meet introduced the ability to “toggle between mute and unmute using headsets, speaker microphones, and other USB peripheral devices.” The current state will be reflected in LED color changes, and Google plans to also support “muting video, ending a meeting, and more in the future” with hardware. This is only supported by Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers.

Finally, this week Google made dedicated Meet hardware devices only have hot word detection enabled “when a device is not in a meeting and within 10 minutes of an upcoming meeting” to reduce accidental Assistant activation during the calls.

However, we have heard from our customers that due to the increase in teams transitioning to hybrid meetings, the “Ok Google” control may be unintentionally activated during meetings. We hope this enhancement will help reduce accidental interruptions during your calls.

Meanwhile, “Hey Google” voice control is coming to Logitech Rally Bar, Logitech Rally Bar Mini, and Series One Desk 27.

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