The Newest Feature of WhatsApp

WhatsApp is developing a new feature that will allow you to transcript the voice messages received so that you don’t need to play it loud to see what’s said in the voice note. 

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This feature was initially spotted in the service’s iOS app by WABetaInfo, the main independent portal where you can discover the news and real-time updates about WhatsApp. WhatsApp explains that it’s in the very early stages of designing and prototyping and they still have not confirmed a specific date as to when this feature will be available for the WhatsApp Beta for iPhone users or when it will feature in the Android phones. A screenshot shared by WABetaInfo indicated that this feature works by sending speech data to Apple “to process your requests,” not to parent company Facebook. One can also say that this will help Apple to improve its speech recognition technology as well. However, WhatsApp is convinced that this feature will be protected by end-to-end encryption and the system will continue to save the privacy as well the security of the messages. The voice notes of WhatsApp could be considered as a very useful feature especially when the message you need to send is very long and you are not in a condition to type it. But voice notes could cause problems to the one who is receiving it, especially when they don’t have a headphone to listen to it and when they are in a public place where they can’t listen to the message out loud. This new Transcriptions feature will help people to silently know what is in the voice note and to act accordingly. As reported by the WABetaInfo, the transcriptions are saved to the device after they’re created. A “Transcript” section was made so that it would be easy to skip to specific parts of a message. This similar method is followed by 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. Transcribing WhatsApp voice messages is currently only possible using third-party software. However, WABetaInfo speculates that an App that matches this new feature may also becoming on the way to facilitate this feature further.

Let’s keep waiting for this cool feature to appear in our iPhones and Androids, folks!

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