Additional language support for live captions in Google Meet


Google is expanding live captions in Google Meet to French, German, Portuguese and Spanish (Spain and Latin America) speakers. They were previously only available in English. Live captions allow deaf and hard of hearing users, users with different primary languages, and users in noisy environments to participate more fully in meetings.

During a Meet call, each video call participant will be able to select the meeting’s spoken language when enabling captions.

Captions setting will also be “sticky.” This means that if you turn them on or off during a meeting, they will be saved, along with the chosen language, for future meetings.

Non-English captions are currently available on the web to APAC and EMEA countries only, with rollout to North America and Latin America coming in early 2021. Additionally Google will also expand support to iOS and Android mobile apps in early 2021.

This feature will be available by default in APAC and EMEA countries. 
Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on December 15, 2020

Available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus, as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers. Also available to users with personal Google Accounts.


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