WhatsApp is constantly working to add more and more features to the instant messaging service. Earlier this week, a report claimed WhatsApp was testing message responses and redesigned chat bubbles on iOS, and now WhatsApp is testing another feature for its iPhone app, according to trusted tipster WABetaInfo.
The report shows that WhatsApp is working on a new voice message transcription for its iOS app. The transcription is done on the device or locally, and your voice messages are “not sent to the WhatsApp or Facebook server to receive the transcription”. Instead, the function would fall back on Apple’s “speech recognition” system. In addition, the publication notes that users can improve the transcription of voice messages, “also help Apple improve its speech recognition technology, but it is not directly tied to your identity.”
WABetaInfo shared a screenshot showing how the transcription of a voice message into text works. If you choose to generate a text transcript for your voice message, a new section called “Transcript” will open. In this section, you can even see the timestamp of a specific part of the voice message and jump straight to it.
The report says, “When a message is transcribed for the first time, its transcription is stored locally in the WhatsApp database, so it doesn’t have to be transcribed again if you want to see its transcription later.”
The feature is currently under development and will be available in the WhatsApp beta for iOS before it is released to the public. Although WhatsApp usually offers the same functionality for Android and iOS, there is currently no information about the availability of the feature on Android.
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