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Google Meet Live Translation Feature Goes Live in Beta for Select Paid Tiers

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Highlights:

  • Google Meet upgrades live captions with live translation in a new beta test.
  •  The features will be most useful in all-hands meetings and training programs with globally distributed teams.
  • Only certain Workspace accounts will be eligible for the beta.

The live translated captions feature in Google Meet is now available in beta for certain Workspace editions. The feature helps video call participants communicate better by translating a spoken language to captions in another language. Workspace accounts eligible for the beta test include Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Teaching & Learning Upgrade.

Accounts interested in beta testing can express their intent with a Google Form. Only Workspace domain “super admins” are able to sign up.

Google wrote in a blog post:

“Translated captions help Google Meet video calls to be more global, inclusive, and effective by removing language ability as a barrier to collaboration. By helping users consume the content in a preferred language, you can help equalize information sharing, learning, and collaboration, and make sure your meetings are as effective as possible.”

How to use Google Meet Live Translation?

Translated captions are currently available for video calls in spoken English. To use translated captions, “Captions” should be set to English, and “Translated Captions” should be set to one of the translated languages.

  1. On your computer, open Google Meet.
  2. From a meeting, click More options and then click on settings options.
  3.  After that Turn on “Captions” and set the language to English.
  4. Turn on “Translated captions.
  5. The beta is relatively limited and will only translate English meetings in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German.

Google Meet will also enable hosts using tablets and mobile phones to add significant meeting safety controls. Like the capacity to end meetings for everyone on the call and mute everyone at once. Hosts can also coordinate with the breakout room safety settings with safety settings from the main meeting. Admins can now control the feature that allows users to present content from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides directly to an active Google Meet call.

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