Google Meet adds live captions
Live captions are available in Spanish, French, German and Portuguese on all versions of Google Meet starting today.
Last year the service rolled out real-time captions in English.
Philip Nelson, Google Workspace project manager, wrote in a blog post announcing the update: We know through our work with teachers and parents over the years how capturing tools can be important for students with learning disabilities, as well as English language learners in All primary, secondary and tertiary education.
He added: By expanding Live captions to more languages, we can help more students feel empowered to participate, and help more teachers share the inclusive space that is easily accessible.
Google continued to add updates to the visual communication service Google Meet after the platform witnessed booming growth during the Coronavirus pandemic, such as: providing attendance reports with viewing data for events that are broadcast live and allowing users to raise their hands at larger meetings.
And the company announced earlier that it would extend unlimited Google Meet video calls in its free version until March 31 for accounts within Gmail.
Google said in October: The service held 235 million daily meetings and more than 7.5 billion daily video calls in the third quarter of 2020.
Google had introduced the new feature for accessibility called Live Captions with its Android 10 operating system.
The feature is characterized by converting spoken speech to written with one click within the media that is played through your device, making it easier for the hard of hearing to watch videos, listen to podcasts, read audio messages, and more.
With the launch of the Google Pixel 4a earlier this year, Google introduced support for the live captions feature in phone calls, and this new functionality is now also available on older Pixel devices.