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WhatsApp working on ‘voice message transcription’ feature to turn voice into text: Report

The new voice message transcription feature will provide users with more alternatives, mainly when they are not in the mood to write messages. 

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California, First Published Sep 13, 2021, 12:54 PM IST
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WhatsApp is allegedly developing a 'voice message transcription' function to convert your voice inputs into text. The advantage of this option is that individuals do not have to rely on typing, which is especially useful for long communications. WhatsApp already can send Voice Notes, which just received an upgrade to regulate playback speed. Voice Notes attempts to provide the same convenience of sending extensive messages but in the form of an audio file. The most recent voice message transcription is believed to be in the works, but details on a continuous deployment remain unknown.

The functionality was discovered on the beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS by popular WhatsApp updates tracker WABetaInfo. The audio message transcription may also be available on WhatsApp Web, according to the publication. According to the article, the function is optional, but the special authorization will be necessary if users choose to transcribe a message. The firm would need access to the smartphone's microphone and Speech Recognition feature. When a message is transcribed for the first time, it is allegedly kept locally in the WhatsApp database. Users will retrieve the same message if they share it with other users or utilize the content later.

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According to the reports, transcribed messages would not be routed to WhatsApp or Facebook servers for transcription but instead rely on the phone's speech recognition feature. According to reports, Apple will utilize this to improve its voice recognition technology, but "it will not be directly connected to your identity." More information from WhatsApp, which Facebook owns, is anticipated soon.

WhatsApp is now used for business and personal purposes. The new voice message transcription feature will provide users with more alternatives, mainly when they are not in the mood to write messages. The business will aim to maintain its market dominance, given competitors such as Telegram and Signal do not provide such functionality.

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