Last year, Zoom released a significantly improved version of its Chromebook software, but it was still only a small portion of what was available on other platforms. The Zoom PWA for Chromebook app just received upgrades that improved virtual background support among other things.
When we initially used the Zoom PWA on a Chromebook, we were eager to point out how little virtual background support was available. The software merely placed a circle in the center of the screen rather than removing the user from the frame. The impact was not compelling.
The Zoom PWA has just received upgrades that allow Chromebook customers to finally apply realistic virtual background effects. According to Zoom’s changelog, the modification originally went into effect around a month ago, but AboutChromebooks called attention to it. In that publication’s testing, the functionality enabled a blurred backdrop effect in addition to correct masking. The only thing to bear in mind is that your Chromebook must have a suitable CPU for this.
Zoom provides the following technical specifications for the update:
Users can switch the present Mask functionality to Virtual Background on devices with enough CPU cores. Only accessible on systems with a minimum of 4 logical cores, including 4 physical cores or 2 cores with 4 threads. On devices with weaker processing power, this can result in performance concerns, however users can quickly return to the simpler Mask function.
The Zoom PWA for Chromebook has also just received updates that improve support for Breakout Rooms, offer AV statistics, and more. Zooms website allows you to view all of the most recent modifications.