Google has just introduced its AI-powered noise cancellation technology to Google Meet, although the feature is being rolled out gradually and may not be available to most users until later this month. According to VentureBeat, Google Meet noise cancellation will be available on the web first, followed by Android and iOS.
“To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Meet can now intelligently filter out background distractions — like your dog barking or keystrokes as you take meeting notes,” notes Google.
Similar to speech recognition, this type of noise cancellation also requires training a machine learning model to understand the difference between noise and speech, and then keep just the speech.
If you’re a G Suite Enterprise customer, Google will enable it for you later this month. Once that is done, Meet’s noise cancellation feature will be on by default.
Here’s how you’ll need to set it up:
You will have to turn it off in settings when you want “noise” to come through. On the web, you’ll click the three dots at the bottom right, then Settings. Under the Audio tab, between microphone and speakers, you’ll see an extra switch that you can turn on or off. It’s labeled “Noise cancellation: Filters out sound that isn’t speech.”
Let us know if the feature has already been enabled on your G Suite account.