Meeting Owl software release notes

MO_small.png This article applies to the Meeting Owl

After nearly four years in-market, we’ve decided to stop manufacturing the original Meeting Owl. We truly appreciate the support of all of our original Meeting Owl customers, see what this means for you here.

Meeting Owl will automatically send over the air software updates to Owls that are connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into power over night.

To determine what version of software is on your Owl, follow these steps.

If your Owl’s software is out of date, please visit Updating your Meeting Owl's Software for instructions on how to update.


Release Date: March 18th, 2020 

  • Bug fix
    • Fixed issue where Owls could have tilted video outputs.
  • Enhancements:
    • Extra black margin has been eliminated from left or right side of video frame
    • Hardware Serial number is now visible in the Meeting Owl app.
    • Owl eyes flash when Owl is selected in the Nearby Owls section of the Meeting Owl app. 
    • Added control of the 360° Panoramic Strip focus position in the Meeting Owl App. You will now be able to scroll the Panoramic Strip to the desired location in the Meeting Owl app. This will allow you to position the TV to the recommended optimal location, or adjust the 360° view to your preference.
      • Requires update to iOS app: 2.4.5(0) released 2/18/2020
      • Requires update to Android app: 2.4.0(6) released 1/26/2020


Release Date April 15, 2019

  • Enhancement:
    • Sync the Meeting Owl's volume control with the host computer's volume control. This means users will now be able to use the volume controls on the host computer to control the volume of the Meeting Owl speaker and vice versa.
      Please note: This will only effect the Owl's speaker volume. This will not effect the controls associated with your microphone.


Release Date: February 4, 2019

  • New Feature:
    • Allows mobile app to show detailed update progress when a manually over the air software update is triggered by the user. Requires iOS app version 2.3.0+.


Release Date: January 7, 2019

  • Bug Fix:
    • Fixed bug that caused video to go blank or freeze during meetings on browser based video conferencing platforms when using Google Chrome on Windows 10.
    • Fixed bug that would cause video to freeze with a green bar on the frame in Skype for Business on Windows 10 with certain graphics processors.


Release Date: November 14, 2018

  • Enhancement:
    • Added double talk detection to make the Meeting Owl more Full Duplex. When your remote participants try to speak at the same time as in-room participants, both parties should be able to hear the other without the volume canceling one or the other out.


Release Date: September 13, 2018

  • Enhancement:
    • Smart Stage Start: Owl will immediately show up to 3 people on the Stage at startup.


Release Date: August 30, 2018

  • Enhancements:
    • Improved microphone performance so that small, reverberant rooms have better pickup and less echoing.
    • Improved Speaker Spotlight functionality so that participants will be highlighted even more quickly than before.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed bug that caused noise suppression to remain active when it shouldn't
    • Fixed bug that caused low crackling on some computers.


Release Date: June 27, 2018

  • New Features:
    • Introduced Passcode Lock to allow administrators to lock Meeting Owl settings behind a numeric passcode.
    • Introduced new hoot sound for successful completion of software updates to differentiate from boot up hoot.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed bug that could cause crash at startup screen.
    • Made it more robust for Owls to establish a secure connection to our server in order to update its software.


Release Date: April 26, 2018

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed major audio issue that resulted in poor echo cancellation, poor microphone performance, and audio dropouts on some video conferencing platforms (most notably on Skype For Business).
    • Temporarily reverted Full Duplex enhancement.
    • Fixed minor bugs that could affect speaker switching response time.

Release Date: March 27, 2018

  • Enhancement:
    • Added double talk detection to make the Meeting Owl more Full Duplex. There will no longer be audio dropouts when both remote and local participants are speaking at the same time. (Note: This enhancement was temporarily reverted in release)
  • Bug fix:
    • Fixed minor bugs to improve Camera Lock experience.

Release Date: February 15, 2018

  • Enhancements:
    • Reduced video compression for improved video quality
    • Improved echo cancellation performance
    • Talk Time statistics added to Meeting Analytics

Note: The version number on the video splash screen will incorrectly display as 202.00.0 in this release.

Version 2.1.0
Release Date: December 22, 2017

  • Bug fix:
    • Owl will no longer immediately update after connecting to Wi-Fi.
  • Enhancement:
    • Owl will no longer ask to connect to Wi-Fi after a meeting.
  • Manufacturing support
  • Canadian launch support

Version 2.0.11
Release Date: November 29, 2017

  • Bug fix:
    • Eliminated grey bar that would appear on the bottom of the Stage in certain conference room environments.

Version 2.0.10
Release Date: November 15, 2017

  • Stage sharing improvements
    • Participants will now be highlighted on Stage in the same relative position that matches their position in 360° panoramic strip.

Version 2.0.9
Release Date: November 7, 2017

  • Usability improvements:
    • Skype for Business users no longer need to select their platform in the app.
    • Mute button on the Owl will now only mute audio, not audio and video.
    • Owl’s software version will now appear on startup screen.
    • Meeting Analytics are now updated immediately after a meeting.

Version 2.0.8
Release Date: September 29,2017

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed Speaker Spotlight bug that was occasionally preventing active speakers from showing up on the Stage.
    • Skype for Business settings will now persist after a reboot.
  • Enhancements:

Version 2.0.6 (not available via Wi-Fi Software Update)
Release date: August 14, 2017

  • Bug fix:
    • Improved USB stability. This ensures your Meeting Owl will reliably appear as a selectable audio and video device after booting up while plugged into certain computers that are powered off.

Version 2.0.5
Release date: August 7, 2017

  • Bug fix:
    • Improved Speaker Spotlight performance in Skype for Business after selecting Skype for Business as your video conferencing platform.

Version 2.0.3
Release date: July 28, 2017

  • Allowed for bug fix from 20002 to be implemented on certain Owls that had not received the update.

Version 2.0.2
Release date: July 17, 2017

  • Bug fix:
    • Improved USB stability. This ensures that your Meeting Owl will reliably appear as a selectable video and audio device after it is rebooted while plugged into a computer.

Version 2.0.1
Release date: July 20, 2017

  • Bug fix:
    • Improved USB stability, ensuring that your Meeting Owl will reliably appear as a selectable video device and stream its video when disconnected from Wi-Fi.

Version 2.0
Initial release