Google Meet rolls out live translated captions & companion mode

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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The US-based technology giant Google’s video calling application Google Meet has introduced new features in order to strengthen the hybrid work culture and make video sessions more productive.

Google has started rolling out live translated captions for Google Meet widely. The new feature will automatically translate conversations from one language to another in real-time in Google Meet on the Web and mobile devices.

The functionality currently supports the translation of English speech to French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. The captions will appear at the bottom of the screen during the Google Meet video call.

According to Google, the new real-time translating capability will help decrease linguistic barriers during video calls.

Additionally, Google Meet will get a new companion mode feature on the Web that will enable users to add remote members via an additional screen.

According to the statement, “The companion mode gives remote members all the advanced interactive features that the members present physically have access to.” The new functionality is compatible with Google Meet hardware and the Nest Hub Max.

Further, the companion mode allows employees present in the physical meeting rooms to connect with their remote teammates through an additional screen. It gives everyone access to interactive features and controls no matter where they are, as per the statement.

The companion mode lets them to access interactive features and controls such as chat, screen sharing, hand raising, polls, host controls, and more. The people joining using companion mode will count as separate participants and their tiles will be hidden from the video grid to maximize screen space.

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