Microsoft is finally bringing blurry backgrounds for video calls and meetings to its Teams app for Android.
The move will align it with the Teams desktop app and the iOS app, which were given vague backgrounds in April.
A Microsoft Teams engineer confirmed on its user feedback pages this week that the company plans to add background blurring support for Android, although they haven’t provided a timeline for the release.
Blurred background and custom background effects proved popular with the millions of people who held meetings at home during the pandemic. The feature is a way for users to partially hide distractions that may occur during a video call or meeting.
Microsoft is expanding several other features from the Teams desktop app to Android in the coming months.
According to teams roadmap, Microsoft expects to release break-out rooms for Teams rooms on Android in March.
It also suggests Team casting for Teams rooms on Android in line in February, as well as new layouts for Teams on Android, including a new presentation mode, a view to see more meeting attendees, and the ability to see shared content and a featured participant at the same time. This is similar to the dynamic view Microsoft rolled out for the Teams desktop app this week.
Next month, Microsoft will roll out custom layouts in the desktop app, allowing presenters to customize how content is displayed for meeting attendees, including placing video on content or moving a content box to a corner of video view.
Microsoft has also confirmed that the Calendar team is developing a full calendar view on mobile clients. However, it has again not said when the feature will be ready.
This allows users to see a calendar of more than a week, which is currently limited in the Teams mobile apps. Full calendar view allows users to view calendar events for at least a month.