In a bid to take on Zoom and cash in on the exploding demand for video conferencing, Google is updating its premium virtual meeting app, Google Meet, with the much-needed noise cancellation capability.
The feature runs with the help of machine learning algorithms and comes handy in improving the quality of group meetings.
Rolling out to G Suite users in a phased manner, noise cancellation is an audio setting aimed at reducing ambient noise in virtual meetings.
The feature works automatically and filters out all unnecessary background noises - starting from sounds of traffic, dog barking, and baby crying to those made by pen clicking and wrapper crinkling - while keeping the main voice of the speaker.
When Google announced noise cancellation for Meet, it confirmed that the feature would first come to G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers.
Now, as the roll-out continues, it is becoming accessible for Meet users on the web. It is activated by default but can be turned off by heading over to audio settings and turning the noise cancellation toggle off.
The feature has been trained on noise and clean speech fetched from the company's internal meetings and YouTube videos over the last year. It will be improved with more data but Lachapelle emphasized that the data will not be taken from external meetings on Meet.