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-unknown Norwegian start-up, this was a historic step. Google believed in our technology, and we are happy to say that one year on, the partnership is going strong. We are still shipping large volumes of Huddly GO as part of the agreement.
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 recognised the value in working closely with Huddly to leverage our competence in video collaboration technology and our AI capabilities. At the time, we were still yet to release our first product – we were still a little Norwegian start-up, so they took a calculated risk in choosing us as a hardware partner. What they identified was that Huddly had, and still has, industry experience and a technology platform that is far ahead of everything else in the space.
“Google’s trust in our technology has paid off. To this day, we still 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, it was a huge milestone for our company and a great validation of our technology platform at an early stage, and secondly, the Google Hangout meet kit has set a new standard for meeting solutions in the workplace. 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.”
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.