Google Meet gets AI noise cancellation to take on Zoom

Michail, 09 June 2020

Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet) is Google’s video conferencing alternative to the likes of Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Back in April Google announced it's bringing in-app noise cancellation to Meet and now we got a live demo that showcases the feature thanks to Serge Lachapelle who serves as the Product Management Director of G Suite.

The “denoiser” feature uses machine learning to suppress outside sounds which aren’t speech during calls. In the video, we get a demonstration of how it works as Lachapelle talks while making noises with various items such as a food bag, pen and water glass. He also adds that it’s ideal for blocking out children, pets and home appliances like vacuum cleaners.

The whole feature is still a work in progress and it's not exactly clear how the sound blocking will be able to differentiate between different vocal ranges and non-human noises. Google is also providing end to end encryption for Meet and the actual denoising bit is done on Google servers live during calls and sent back to the users.

The new noise cancelation feature will be live on Google Meet’s web client later this month, followed by the Android and iOS apps.



Reader comments

  • teamtom


They don't NEED it of course, but the art of collecting illegally the private user data (like spying on a conversation) require discretion. Here we talk about something that doesn't belong to Zoom where Google found a way to legitimately make all t...

What makes you think they need a noise cancellation algorithm to do that?

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