Overcome language barriers with live translated captions in Google Meet
Google Meet has supported live captions for over a year now. The feature initially supported English, but Google added support for Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese late last year. However, it is only useful for people who speak the same language. To help users overcome the language barrier, Google Meet is currently testing a new feature called Live Translated Subtitles.
Support for live translated captions is available in the latest beta of Google Meet. It allows users who speak different languages to communicate easily. Currently, the feature supports English meetings translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German. But Google may add support for more language combinations by the time the feature is ready for stable deployment.
Google says (via Android Central) that the feature will help users consume content in their preferred language, equating information sharing, learning and collaboration. The company claims that live translated captions could “Be particularly useful for general meetings and training programs with teams spread around the world, ensuring that every employee understands and is not disadvantaged because of their language skills.” In addition, the functionality will prove to be beneficial for educators and students.
As you can see in the attached GIF, the feature will be available in the Captions tab of Google Meet settings. After enabling it, you’ll see language options next to the settings cog on the call screen to help you select your preferred language. As soon as you choose the target language, you should see translated captions on your screen.
Live-translated captions are currently available in user-hosted meetings for Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Teaching & Learning Upgrade. This feature is not available in meetings hosted by Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.
Google has yet to share a release schedule for the live translated captions. We’ll make sure to let you know as soon as we know more.