This year WhatsApp has announced a number of exciting new features. The Facebook-owned company now allows you to transfer chat history between iOS and Android. Now WhatsApp is reportedly testing voice transcription functions. Once live you will be able to get a transcript of live voice messages.
WaBetaInfo the report posted a screenshot showing the WhatsApp voice transcription function in action. Interestingly, WhatsApp does not control the direction of speech. In one of the screenshots, you can see a query asking users to allow Apple access to speech recognition. Maybe WhatsApp doesn’t like to handle user data too much during the transcription process. Users need to approve WhatsApp to forward data to Apple’s speech recognition.
Another screenshot reveals how users will get the transcription timestamps. This allows them to move on to a specific part of the message. Furthermore, all transcripts will be available in a new section called “Transcript”. The transcription will be saved locally and included in the WhatsApp database. In other words, user data is secure because it is not sent to servers for transcription.
As seen in the screenshots, the Transcript feature could come to iOS first. Eventually WhatsApp will extend this feature to Android users as well. You will currently need to use third-party applications to transcribe WhatsApp. Most of these applications send, and some even store voice data on servers. Such applications raise privacy concerns. It is not clear at this time when the WhatsApp transcription function will be available. In this regard, beta testers could soon come into the hands of new features.
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