The majority of international teams that use Google Meet have a new instrument to play with but only if they’re willing to join the beta version.
Google announced the debut of live translated captions in Meet on Monday. The app will instantly translate spoken language into another language and generate captions in real-time when the feature is turned on.
Initially, the feature is accessible in English only and the phrases can be translated to Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German.
Translate speech and turn it into captions in real-time with Google Meet
The advantages of having your speech translated in real-time to another language are self-evident for both the speaker and the listeners. Google thinks the feature will be very useful for all-hands meetings and training programs, as well as educational purposes.
The feature is already active for Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Teaching & Learning Upgrade users.
Currently supported languages for this feature of Google Meet are English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German.
But the thing is, the feature is only available in beta. The admin must first join the beta; once they do, the translating feature will be enabled by default and may be activated during a Meet video call by going into Settings > Captions > Translated captions.
Google has been focusing on adding new Meet features lately. Thanks to a new update added last week, the Meet camera has now the ability to automatically identify when a user is underexposed and increasing light intensity to make them more apparent.
Google Meet has added a variety of new features and provides several options for customization, making it ideal for organizations. The company also recently moved the Hand Raise button to the top of Meet’s screen, added new filters and masks to Meet (though only for personal accounts), and included emoji reactions.
At this time, there’s no statement indicating when the live subtitled captions will be made public; it’ll probably roll out to everyone at some point, but it may take weeks or months to happen.