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Google Meet launches a function to cancel noise from outside


If you are one of the millions of people who have made dozens of video conferences both to be in contact with family and friends and in the context of your work, you will have experienced all kinds of problems and somewhat absurd situations: from connection failures to strangers that they sneaked into the rooms that did not correspond to them … even problems with the audio of some of the participants that made the development of the call impossible.

The noise cancellation tool had been introduced in April, but it is now when it becomes available

To avoid the latter, especially the annoying noises from the outside that make understanding what the participant says impossible and even prevent what other people say in the video call from being heard, Google launched a noise cancellation tool in April that manages to eliminate any external noise disturbance with precision, in a similar way as the highest-end headphones do.

However, despite being introduced two months ago, the tool was not yet available for users to use. It is from now on when she arrives at Google Meet, the tool for Google video calls designed for the corporate and professional public. In fact, Google Meet is paid, but the company announced that, until at least September 30, users of G Suite – its productivity suite – will be able to use it for free .

In addition, Google Meet will incorporate the new noise reduction tool also on the web and in the app for all users before the end of June, as the company has promised. In Gmail it appears by default, although Meet can be hidden .

Furthermore, Google has pointed out that the technology of its noise canceling function is still being adjusted. For example, it works perfectly to eliminate, for example, the noise of works in the street, but if a small child makes a comment during the transmission in a work video call, possibly the tool will not silence it, understanding that it is a dialogue.

The coughs, sneezes, or noises that a person could make when breathing are not eliminated , since it would lose naturalness in the user experience. In any case, Google has indicated that it will continue to refine the tool, and that there will be noises that occur near the microphone that are difficult to isolate. Still, the noise cancellation that is achieved will always improve the speaker’s audio and allow other participants to hear you better. The tool works like this:

Google has recalled that video calls are encrypted point to point, so that none of its workers can access the content of the conversations. The tool works through algorithms and Artificial Intelligence without human supervision of the content.


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