Google is rolling out Meet add-ons on Android devices

Google today announced that it will make Google Meet add-ons available on Android devices, allowing you to use these apps in the Meet app wherever you are. They can be found in the “Activities” tab within the meeting as a list of add-ons currently available and installed on the device. The list will also show installed add-ons that currently cannot be used on a specific device.

First introduced to the desktop version of Google Meet in September 2023, these additions are Google’s answer to apps in Microsoft Teams. At the top of the desktop activities panel, users can view “Recommended Add-ons” which displays a list of available add-ons that can be installed and used directly in Meet.

Google Workspace users can specify the availability of add-ons for users, and Google emphasizes that changing this setting will control accessibility both on the desktop and in the Android app. By disabling this setting, users will not see any add-ons.

This will be rolled out at different paces depending on the type of domain. However, everything will start in June 2024. In Rapid Release domains, we will gradually roll out (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting today, while in Scheduled Release domains, full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility) will start in June 24/2024.

Google also notes that it will add a “Recommended” category and a “Get Add-ons” button to the Android app as a plus sign to adapt it to the desktop environment. However, the timeline has not been confirmed yet, and Google says it will share more information “when available.”

With this update, Google announced an updated look for the calling feature in Google Meet, bringing it in line with the Material 3 design system. This is centered around the bottom bar of in-call controls and includes refreshed colors and dynamic shapes that can be highlighted, for example, when you’re muted and rollout will begin today.