News is that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp platform is developing a feature that provides transcribed transcripts of received voice messages, allowing you to easily read what was said without having to play it out loud.
The feature spotted by WABetaInfo is currently in development for iOS. It is not clear when it might reach the beta version of the platform for iPhone users or when it might reach Android.
according to for shots Shared by WABetaInfo, the feature works by sending speech data to Apple to process your requests, not to parent company Facebook.
A disclaimer is that this data also helps Apple improve speech recognition technology.
It’s unclear how data sent to Apple is secured, given that the feature hasn’t been officially announced yet. Currently, voice messages are protected by end-to-end encryption.
Voice messages are a useful feature of the platform, especially if you need to send a longer message and are not in a position to write it. But it can sometimes cause problems for recipients who don’t have headphones and aren’t in a position to listen to a message out loud, or if they don’t have time to listen to an entire audio message.
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WhatsApp wants to let you read voice notes
Voice transcription can allow people to silently see the contents of the voice message. Or indicate important details later without the need for phonetic redaction.
WABetaInfo reports that audio conversions are saved to the device after they are created. The text section makes it easy to skip to certain parts of the message. This is similar to other automatic transcription software such as Google Recorder or Otter.ai. That allows you to click on a word to access the moment when it is spoken in the recording.
Currently, WhatsApp voice messages can only be converted to written messages using third-party software.
There is currently no indication that there is a similar feature in the WhatsApp for Android app. However, given the level of feature parity between the different platform applications, WABetaInfo anticipates that a feature may also be on the way.
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