WhatsApp reportedly developing transcriptions to tame chaotic voice notes

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WhatsApp is reportedly developing a feature that will offer transcription of received voice messages, so you can easily read what’s been said, without having to play it out loud. Feature Viewed By WABetaInfo Currently in development for iOS. It is unclear when it will arrive on WhatsApp beta for iPhone users or when it will arrive on Android.

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As per a screenshot shared by WABetaInfoOf course, this feature works by sending speech data to Apple “to process your requests,” not to parent company Facebook. There is a disclaimer that this data “will also help Apple improve its speech recognition technology.” It is unclear how the data “sent to Apple” will be secured as the feature is yet to be officially announced. Currently, voice messages are protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.

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A popup pops up warning that the transcription involves sending speech data to Apple.
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Voice Messages is a useful WhatsApp feature especially if you need to send a long message and you are not in a position to type it. But they can sometimes cause problems for recipients who don’t have headphones and aren’t in a position to hear a message out loud, or if they don’t have time to fully listen to a voice message. Transcription lets people silently view the content of a voice message, or refer to important details without having to sift through the audio later.

WABetaInfo Reports that transcriptions are saved to the device after they are created, and that the “Transcript” section makes it easy to skip specific parts of the message. It’s similar to Google’s Recorder or other auto-transcription software like Otter.ai, which lets you click on a word to skip the moment it’s said in the recording. It is currently only possible to transcribe WhatsApp voice messages use third-party software.

At the moment, there is no sign of a similar feature on WhatsApp’s Android app. However, considering the level of feature similarity between the various WhatsApp apps, WABetaInfo Guess it could be on the way too.

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