Google Meet expands live translated captions to more languages
Google has expanded live translated subtitles in Meeting to more languages. The company recently announced that its video conferencing platform can now provide live translations of English calls into Japanese, Mandarin (simplified) and Swedish. The app can also translate French, German, Portuguese and Spanish audio into English subtitles in real-time.
Google Meeting started showing live translated captions last year. After a short beta period, the feature launched publicly in January this year. At launch, it supported real-time translations of English audio into French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. The company is now adding support for these languages and vice versa. Additionally, Meet can also now show live captions for anything the speaker says in English in several new languages.
Additionally, Google Meet now supports standard subtitles in Japanese, Russian, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, and Mandarin (traditional). The company notes that it is still optimizing the performance of some languages. This will be indicated with a “Beta” tag. It will continue to improve the performance of all supported languages, while expanding Meet’s live translated subtitles to new languages in the coming months.
In the meantime, the latest extension should now be available to all eligible users. Google started the rollout a few days back and said that all eligible Meet users in Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains should get support for new languages by this week. You can check it by going to the Captions section in Meet Settings, both on the mobile app as well as the web client. Live translation is available by default and has no admin control.
Google Meet can now translate more languages in real time
As we meet practically more than ever, live translated subtitles become essential. They remove the language barrier, so people can express themselves freely without worrying about whether the other person understands their point. This feature makes meetings more inclusive and collaborative as participants can access content in their preferred language. Google is now making its video conferencing platform even more inclusive by adding live translation support for more languages.
Live translated captions in Google Meet are available for meetings organized by users with a Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Starter, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade edition. All participants in such meetings have access to live translations. Standard subtitles are now available to everyone. All Google Workspace customers and legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers have access to default captions in Google Meet.