Google and Otter.ai announced the integration earlier this week as both companies seek to capitalize on the continued remote and hybrid work trend that experts thing will continue well into 2021 and beyond now that we’ve had 9 months of remote work experience.
Otter will provide live notes and video captions for the 100 million daily users on Google’s videoconferencing service via a Chrome extension. Google Meet now joins Zoom, which last year announced a similar integration with Otter.
This provides Google Meet users with additional productivity and efficiency features that can help cut down miscommunication and foster a more collaborative and inclusive remote workspace – especially for non-native English speakers and people with accessibility requirements, according to Otter.
After the meeting, transcripts will be saved to Otter’s web platform where users can review the transcript, search by keyword and label different speakers.
The Live Notes feature will launch directly from the Chrome web browser during a Google Meet call in a panel that is moveable and scrollable and able to capture a conversation and turn it into a real time transcript.
Users can also access Live Captions utilizing Otter.ai’s automatic speech recognition technology that the company says is built to specifically support custom vocabulary. Captions can be customized by size and font.
In a statement, Otter.ai Founder and CEO Sam Liang called Google Meet a “highly effective video conferencing tool and is used by over a hundred million people every day for business collaboration.”
“We have seen with our first integration into Zoom that making it more seamless to use Otter increases note-taking and productivity for users, we are excited to offer this same type of seamless integration for Google Meet users,” Liang said.