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Google acquires Limes Audio to improve audio quality in Hangouts, ChromeBox for Meetings

Founded in 2007, Limes Audio has been working in the area of speech enhancement of conference calls.

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Google has acquired Limes Audio, a 10-year old Swedish company, which has been known to be working in the area of speech enhancement to improve the audio conferencing experience. Quite naturally, with this acquisition, we can expect some improvements in the sound quality of Google’s video conferencing services like Google Hangouts, and Chromebox for Meetings. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and Bengali

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Even as Microsoft-owned Skype dominates video conferencing segment, Google has also been looking to improve its enterprise suite of services. Google also realizes growing usage of video calling among its business users, and aims to improve one of the most important elements. A video call s audio quality depends on small factors like the space where a user is (size of the room matters!), the shape of the room, the strength of the internet connection. Limes Audios has for years been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online calling experience, and hence the acquisition. Also Read - Google Pixel 6a key specifications appear online, tipped to get custom Tensor chipset

In its blog post, Google points out, “As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.” ALSO READ: Google is exploring UPI-based services for India: CEO Sundar Pichai

While Google has more or less confirmed deployment of Lime Audio’s technologies to its enterprise-focused Hangouts and Chromebox for Meetings services, we can also expect the company to make improvements to its latest video messaging app, Google Duo. Though Google Duo faces a strong competition from the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which also offer video calling feature and are the largest instant messagings apps in the world.

“The Limes Audio team builds technology that makes voice communication systems sound better, so that you can hear the person you’re talking to, and they can hear you…With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio,” Google said in the blog post. ALSO READ: From interview with Google to college life in India, here are highlights from Sundar Pichai s addresss at IIT-Kharagpur

Limes Audio on its website too has written its parting words. We are now very excited to join Google, where we will pursue objectives in line with our passion and continue to work towards all voice conversations sounding equally loud and clear, regardless of the distance or environment,” it said.

From the sound of it, Limes Audios may be shutting down independent operations, although it does mention that it would continue collaborations within the community. We are grateful to all of our customers, suppliers, partners, investors and other supporters that have been with us throughout this journey. We anticipate to continue collaborating within the community, working together towards a better audio experience for everyone. It has been ten great years so far, with more great things to come look out for awesome Google launches in the future!

Google s last acquisition was Eyefluence, a startup that develops eye-tracking technology, which can be incorporated into AR/VR headgear and smart glasses. The acquisition is expected to help Google push its efforts in the world of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). ALSO READ: Google acquires Moodstocks to boost image recognition capabilities in smartphones

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  • Published Date: January 6, 2017 1:55 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 6, 2017 2:19 PM IST



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