Google announced that since Tuesday, December 15, 2020, users will be able to automatically caption conversations on Google Meet, with support for French.
In May 2019, during its Google I / O conference, the firm unveiled a new feature for Android smartphones: Live Caption. This then made it possible to enjoy automatic subtitles on all audio or video content played on a smartphone, even if they were not initially integrated. Now Google is going further and also offers this subtitle function for video conferences.
In a blog post published this Tuesday, December 15, Phillip Nelson, product manager for Google Workspace, announced the arrival of Live Caption within Google Meet in other languages. Until now, Google Meet only allowed the transcription of conversations in English. It will now be possible to enjoy these automatic subtitles in German, Portuguese, Spanish and French. By selecting the “activate subtitles” menu in Google Meet, the user can choose the language in which the conversation takes place.
A function adapted to hearing impaired people
This new feature is timely, while the successive confinements and new habits due to the pandemic have accustomed many Internet users to telework. For people who are deaf and hard of hearing, in particular, the arrival of Live Caption on Google Meet should make it possible to participate in video meetings while being able to follow conversations in writing.
The deployment of the functionality began on Tuesday. As always, it should be progressive and you will therefore have to take your trouble patiently before you can enjoy it on Google Meet.