One year on, the Google and Huddly partnership is thriving
A little more than a year ago, we proudly announced that Huddly GO had been selected by Google to be a part of their Hangouts Meet kit. For Huddly, a then little-known Norwegian start-up, this was a huge milestone. Google believed in our technology, and we are happy to say that one year on, the partnership is going strong and we are shipping large volumes of Huddly GO as part of the agreement.
The Google Hangouts Meet hardware kit is a curated set of four components that work together end-to-end to make engaging HD meetings affordable and hassle-free for meeting rooms of any size. It consists of an ASUS Chromebox, a touch controller, a speakermic (custom-designed and built by Google) and the Huddly GO camera.
Huddly CEO Jonas Rinde says: “With Google choosing a modular approach for their Hangouts Meet hardware kit, they were looking for best-in-class components. Early on, their team recognized the value in working closely with Huddly to leverage our competence in video collaboration technology and our AI capabilities. They identified that Huddly has the industry experience and technology platform that is far ahead of everything else in the space.
“Google’s trust in our technology has paid off. We have the most capable huddle room camera in the market. Nobody else has been able to do the 150° wide-angle field of view from a single lens with distortion correction. Nobody else has been able to deliver our single-lens, three-streams technology. To package all that in a small form factor, USB-powered video conferencing camera is an amazing achievement by our team. We are very proud of the fact that our first product, Huddly GO managed to do that and that we launched it together with Google. The first year of our partnership has been a huge success and we look forward to seeing our relationship go from strength to strength.”
Stein Ove Eriksen, Huddly CTO co-founder, adds: “We are very proud of our partnership with Google for a number of reasons. Firstly, the Google Hangouts Meet kit has set a new standard for meeting solutions in the workplace, and secondly, it was a huge milestone for our company and a great validation of our technology platform at an early stage. We have worked closely with the Google engineering team to deliver a fantastic user experience utilizing Huddly’s API to deliver breakthrough features like Auto-Zoom and after a year in the market, we’ve seen great traction and happy users around the world.”
Huddly GO was selected to be part of the kit for a number of reasons, not least of which its 150˚ horizontal ultra-wide angle lens that captures an enormous field-of-view and its small form factor which affords great flexibility for the camera to be used in many different scenarios.
Huddly GO uniquely provides multiple streams to the video conferencing application that enables a simultaneous full field-of-view stream and a narrower region of interest stream. These streams provide enormous opportunities for engineers and developers to create new intelligent features to enhance the experience for Hangouts Meet users.
The first such feature is an intelligent autozoom. The Chromebox combines Google’s machine learning with the Huddly GO camera’s API to detect the participants in a room and frame them perfectly in every picture.
Previously, users had to adapt to the camera, either moving it to focus where they wanted or moving themselves to fit in the frame. Together with Hangouts Meet, Huddly GO adapts to you.
Learn more about the Google Hangouts Meet hardware kit.
Learn more about Huddly GO.