Google’s G Suite team said in a blog post that the AI-powered noise cancellation feature on Google Meet has begun rolling out for Android and iOS and will be available in all regions with a few exceptions soon. The feature filters out background distractions such as dogs barking, pen-clicking, typing, closing a door, or sounds from a nearby construction site.
The feature will not be available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, G Suite for Education, and G Suite for Nonprofits customers.
Noise cancellation is off by default on Google Meet, and has to be manually turned on before or during a video call. To use the feature on Android and iOS, click on More, select Settings, and tap on Noise cancellation.
When the feature is turned on, it filters out noises that don’t sound like voices. Hence, voices from the TV or people talking at the same time will not be filtered out. Google noted that audio capture from screen sharing won’t be affected by the noise cancellation feature; however, if non-speech such as playing musical instruments are an important part of your call, you should turn the feature off.
Google Meet has been announcing several new features in the past few months as the video-conferencing platform has witnessing a surge in its user base since the pandemic has pushed more people to communicate virtually.
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