Tech giant, Google is now introducing new Apple SharePlay-like live-sharing features to Meet, making it easier for call participants to engage with content together in real-time. The live-sharing feature will let users stream YouTube and Spotify together, for instance, watch videos on YouTube and listen to songs on Spotify or play games such as Heads Up!, UNO! Mobile or Kahoot!
Premium Customers Can Use the New Live-Sharing Option for YouTube and Spotify
The new live-sharing feature will be available under a new Activities tab — which also hosts Q&A and polls options — and is accessible through the three-dot menu. From there, users can start a shared activity — for instance, if they want to stream content on YouTube and Spotify together. Notably, the group session feature of YouTube and Spotify is only available for Spotify Premium customers, with support for two to five participants.
The tech giant has been adding other new features to Meet, too, such as instant and schedule meeting options, in-meeting chat, and virtual backgrounds. The rebranding of Duo as Meet will take place throughout August for mobile devices, and is coming later for everyone else. Google has pitched the Meet-and-Duo union as an adaptation to the modern realities of video calls.
Apple’s Ecosystem Will Already be Familiar Sharing Content Consumption Via SharePlay
While these latest updates work well for Meet calls across different platforms, consumers embedded in Apple’s ecosystem will already be familiar with this type of social content consumption through SharePlay, which works across a broader array of apps such as Apple TV+, TikTok, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, NBA, Twitch, TikTok, MasterClass, ESPN+, Paramount+, Pluto TV, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Music.