Google Meet Noise Cancellation Feature Rolling Out Now on Web Version


Google Meet, the video conferencing app by Google is getting a new feature called Noise Cancellation that automatically removes the background noise during video calls. This feature was first announced back in April and it is now reaching its Web client first, and will later come to Android and iOS devices.

As of now, this feature is said to be rolling out in different phases starting from some selected G Suite customers. This feature is one of the features that the tech giant has added to Google Meet in the past couple of weeks looking forward to the increasing demand of video calling platforms amid coronavirus pandemic.

While announcing this noise-canceling feature back in April the company had said that the update will help users limit interruptions during a Google Meet call. The AI-powered feature intelligently filters out background distractions such as dog barking, pen-clicking, and more.

A report by VentureBeat claims that the AI noise cancellation feature is getting added to the Web version of Google Meet and it remains on by default. Users can check the availability by going to the settings and see if “Noise cancellation” appears under the Audio setting.

Today, a live demo of how noise cancellation works have been shown by Serge Lachapelle who serves as the Product Management Director of G Suite. The “denoiser” feature uses machine learning to suppress outside sounds which aren’t speech during calls. In the video, we get a demonstration of how it works as Lachapelle talks while making noises with various items such as a food bag, pen, and water glass.

As of now, this feature is still is in progress and it’s not exactly clear how the sound blocking will be able to differentiate between different vocal ranges and non-human noises. However, the new noise cancelation feature will be live on Google Meet’s web client later this month, followed by the Android and iOS apps.

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