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Google acquires Limes Audio to improve Hangouts audio quality

In an effort to improve the audio quality of Hangouts and its other products, Google has acquired Limes Audio.

Published onJanuary 6, 2017

In a recent blog post, Google announced that it has acquired Limes Audio. The company, which is based in Sweden, is in the business of making voice communication systems sound better. It’s flagship product called TrueVoice is described as an advanced speech enhancement software that promises to improve voice call quality through acoustic echo cancellation, noise reduction, and automatic microphone mixing.

The technology that the Swedish company developed will now be used in Google’s video conferencing solutions including Hangouts. Google said that it wants to improve the audio quality of its products as an increasing number of their customers — especially business customers — are relying on the company’s video conferencing solutions for online meetings.

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Limes Audio’s technology will improve the audio quality of Google’s products by removing distracting noises, distortion as well as echoes that users normally experience during an online meeting. The call quality gets worse if the internet connection is poor, which is another problem that the technology developed by the Swedish company takes on.

We’re not quite sure when the new technology will be integrated into Google’s products, as the company has not shared this piece of information with the public yet. The online search giant also didn’t reveal how much it spent to acquire Limes Audio, which was founded 10 years ago by Fredric Lindström and Christian Schüldt.

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