Google Meet live sharing: Shared YouTube, Spotify

As we saw earlier this month, Google Meet is adding a “live sharing” feature that “lets all meeting participants interact with the content being shared,” including YouTube, Spotify, and a handful of games.

This allows you to watch videos together on YouTube or create a playlist on Spotify. Outside of content consumption, you have the option of playing games such as Heads Up!, UNO! Mobile or Kahoot! “under an icebreaker.”

The feature was announced as a Samsung exclusive at the beginning of this year. It builds on existing features like polls and Q&A, with live sharing also located under “Activities” when you open the overflow menu on Android. It’s billed as letting you make a “call to a third-party app to enjoy it together.”

Taking Spotify as an example, you can “listen to music with others in real time” by inviting them to “move your call to Spotify.” This involves starting a group session (currently in beta) for Spotify Premium subscribers.

The addition of live sharing to Google Meet reflects Duo’s history as the fun, consumer-facing product.

Meanwhile, Google today provided an update on the Duo-to-Meet app’s name and icon transition. It sounds like the rebranding will be complete by the end of this month on mobile and tablets. Google says it will “continue to invest in bringing more features to Google Meet to help people connect, collaborate and share experiences on any device, at home, at school and at work.”

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