Google Meet launches live translated captions and adds companion mode for hybrid meetings

Deepak Gupta January 14, 2022
Updated 2022/01/14 at 8:27 AM

Google Meet is getting new features to improve the hybrid work culture and make video meetings more productive. Google has started to widely roll out live translated captions for Google Meet. The new functionality will automatically translate conversations from one language to another in real time on Google Meet on the web and mobile. Additionally, Google Meet is getting a new companion mode feature on the web that allows users to add remote members via an additional screen. Companion Mode provides remote members with all the advanced interactive features that physically present members have access to. The new functionality is compatible with Google Meet hardware and the Nest Hub Max.

Google announced the Addition of new features for Google Meet via their blog post. The live translated subtitles feature, which automatically translates your spoken language into another language, is now available on Google Meet on the web and mobile. The functionality currently supports translation of English speech into French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. Captions will appear at the bottom of the screen during a Google Meet video meeting. Google says the new real-time translation feature will help reduce language barriers during video calls.

Complementary mode allows employees present in physical meeting rooms to connect with their remote teammates through an additional screen. It gives everyone access to interactive features and controls, no matter where they are. Companion mode allows them to access interactive features and controls such as chat, screen sharing, hand-raising, polls, host controls and more. Companion Mode is available on the web through Meet hardware and the Nest Hub Max. People can join a meeting using Companion Mode in the green room before the meeting. Users can join a meeting in Companion Mode by visiting or on compatible hardware. The latter can be used for anyone who wants to share content or screen.

People who join using Companion Mode will count as separate participants and their tiles will be hidden from the video grid to maximize screen space. Google initially previewed Companion mode for Google Meet at the Google I/O event held in May 2021.

Google says it started making the live translated caption feature available to Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Google Workspace for Education Plus customers on January 12. The search giant will roll out the feature to all users for about 15 days. Individual customers or users with personal Google Workspace Accounts cannot access it at this time.

Companion mode, on the other hand, will roll out gradually starting January 13th for all individual Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts.

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