The feature that everybody is waiting for will soon be available on WhatsApp!
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently developing a new feature for iOS users who prefer reading texts to listening long audio messages on the app.
This unannounced feature was first spotted in the service’s iOS app by WABetaInfo and WhatsApp has confirmed that the feature is still in the early stages of designing and prototyping. It is also unclear when the feature will be available on WhatsApp beta for iOS and Android users.
Nonetheless, the feature works by sending speech data to Apple “to process your requests”, so WhatsApp and Facebook won’t be able to access these messages.
There is also a disclaimer that says this data will help Apple improve its speech recognition technology. and it is a totally optional feature.
However, a spokesperson from WhatsApp said the feature will be protected by end-to-end encryption if it is released and the system is designed to maintain privacy and security of messages.
The feature will prompt for a notification from WhatsApp when you use voice message transcription for the first time and after accepting the access speech recognition, users will be able to try the transcription service with a new “Transcript” section where users can also jump to a specific timestamp.
WABetaInfo said “When a message is transcripted for the first time, its transcription is saved locally in the WhatsApp database, so it won’t be needed to transcript it again if you want to see its transcription later.”
While voice messages are a useful feature in WhatsApp, they can sometimes cause problems for recipients who do not have headphones, are not in a position to listen to the message out loudly, or they do not have time to listen to a voice message in its entirety.
Hence, transcripts will allow people silently see the contents of a voice message, or reference important details later without having to scrub through audio.
Meanwhile, WABetaInfo reports that the transcripts are made easier to skip to specific parts of the message that is similar to other auto-transcription software like Google’s Recorder or Otter.ai, which let you click on a word to skip to the moment it’s said in a recording.
However, transcribing WhatsApp voice messages is currently only possible using third-party software.
As of now, there is no sign of when the feature will be available on Android devices.
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