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Google Meet adds live captions on the web for four languages

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Google Meet has made an announcement that it is introducing live captions support on the web in four languages to make meetings more inclusive for a company. Live captions will be available across all versions of Meet today onwards in Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese. Meet had introduced real-time captions in English last year.

Announced In 2019, this feature provides real-time captioning as participants speak. It is the best for many cases, including calls of non-native language speakers, noisy rooms, and as well as for people with hearing impairments. Google also highlights distance learning benefits.

Google Meet also uses speech-to-text technology to provide live captions in meetings which helps the participants who may have hearing issues to stay engaged.

For years, Google has focused on building products. Google has been adding updates to the Meet platform as it has seen growth during the pandemic, such as providing attendance reports with viewership data for live-streamed events and also allows users to raise their hands in larger meetings. The company had earlier even announced it was extending unlimited Meet calls in its free version through March 31st, 2021 for Gmail accounts.

Google Workspace Product Manager Philip Nelson said, “We know from our work with teachers and parents over the years how essential caption tools can be for students with learning disabilities, or English-language learners in both K-12 and higher education.”

Philip Nelson also wrote in a blog post, “We know from our work with teachers and parents over the years how essential caption tools can be for students with learning disabilities, as well as English-language learners. By upgrading the live captions to more languages, we can help a large number of students feel empowered to participate, and help more teachers share a space that is both accessible and inclusive.”

From today onwards, the enhanced live captions capability is will be introduced to all Google Meet users across all the Workspace editions on the web.

It also follows Google Meet on Nest Hub Max getting a UI revamp with the availability of unlimited calls up to 24 hours in the free version.

Google had said in October that Meet reported about 235 million daily meetings and more than 7.5 billion daily video calls in the company’s third-quarter of 2020.

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