Google and Otter.ai have partnered for transcriptions and closed captions on Google Meet in real-time. The Chrome extension saves all Google Meet transcriptions, offers closed captions by clicking on the “cc” button and could be used by non paying users. It also included support for French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. All one has to do is download Otter.ai Chrome extension, install and run it. One can also change the font size of the text.
In the pandemic hit the year 2020, Google’s Duo and Meet hosted over one trillion min of VC across the globe. Google, this year, added a Meet tab in Gmail account so that users can jump from an email to a VC. The Google app crossed 100 mn users daily and its DAU “had a peak of 235 mn” in the Q3 of 2020. During the peak of COVID-19 in April-May, Google Meet added 3 mn users per day. Meet calls are unlimited, for any Gmail user, till March 31, 2021.
Zoom is lifting the 40-min time limit it has for more than three participants for free accounts during the upcoming holidays. In a blog post, Zoom said that the limit will be lifted for Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Kwanzaa. It is worth a recall that the VC service has lifted it’s a 40-min time limit for Thanksgiving Day this year as well. Google is also letting free users host Google Meet calls that last up to 24 hrs right till March 31 next year.
Google Meet has started rolling out a feature to let users customise backgrounds on the desktop version of the app. Users now have a choice to use a few default themes as background image – office spaces, landscapes, abstract backdrops. They can also upload their own images for the background, as well. Google Meet, earlier, had rolled out a feature to filter out background noise and blur the background. Feature for the mobile apps will be launched soon.
Google is extending its policy that lets free Google Meet users host calls for longer than 60 minutes. The policy that was earlier set to expire after Sept 30th is now extended to March 2021. Sept 30th also marks when G Suite and G Suite for Education customers will lose free access to some advanced Google Meet features – hosting meetings with up to 250 participants and ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive. That free access is not being extended.
Google will limit the meeting time on its VC platform – Google Meet – to 60 minutes, starting September 30. This limitation will only be for free users. The deadline is also applicable to other features like access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for education customers, including allowing meetings of up to 250 participants, live-streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive.