Google acquires Swedish company Limes Audio in a bid improve audio quality for conference calls
In a blog post yesterday, Google announced that it has acquired Sweden-based company Limes Audio – a business that specializes in improving the sound quality of voice communication systems. Since Google is focusing on providing better conferencing solutions for businesses with solutions powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Hangouts, it is now essential for the services to consistently provide a great audio experience without interruptions.
Limes Audio’s flagship product is called TrueVoice – a full-duplex audio conferencing software that employs advanced speech enhancement techniques, such as microphone mixing, acoustic echo cancellation, and various forms of noise reduction. The system can be easily integrated into a wide selection of platforms, and it seems that Google will use the basis of TrueVoice to build a better, more cohesive audio experience across a variety of services.
Although the company is primarily focused on improving audio quality for business consumers, Limes Audio’s technology will likely see a gradual implementation in across a range of Google products geared toward different types of users.
Additionally, apart from battling echoing voices, skips, and other such audio distortions during voice calls, the two companies will also take on the problem of unstable connections. A poor internet connection is something that can hamper an entire conference call, and no amount of audio and speech enhancement techniques can save it. This is something that Google and Limes Audio intend to tackle in their joint effort, although it is not clear how exactly.
There is no information yet on when Google may begin implementing Limes Audio’s technology in its products. The two companies are also keeping mum on the financial details of the acquisition.