WhatsApp is testing a new function that will automatically transcribe the content of voice messages. The function, which should arrive in the beta version of the messenger for iPhone (iOS), does not have a scheduled release date yet and may undergo some changes. The information was released last Friday (10) by the specialized website WABetaInfo, known for disclosing first-hand releases and hitting predictions about messenger.
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WhatsApp tests function to transcribe audios on iPhone (iOS) — Photo: Thássius Veloso/TechTudo
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The new feature will only be available to iPhone (iOS) users at first. According to WABetaInfo, this is because the function must use a voice recognition technology provided by Apple — that is, the audio will not be processed by WhatsApp or Facebook servers.
The function must be optional, and whoever chooses the feature must grant a new permission to the iPhone (iOS), agreeing that the data for transcription be sent to Apple. According to the company, the information will only be used to process the request and improve transcription services, and cannot be used to identify users.
Anyone opting for the audio transcription function on the iPhone (iOS) must grant Apple new permission — Photo: Playback/WABetaInfo
According to the screenshots released by the specialized website, the resource will be added to a separate section in the application, where it will be possible to access the audio and transcription of voice messages. The function must transcribe the speech in a kind of timeline, and the user can check what was said in every second of the audio.
New transcription feature will have a dedicated section and the transcribed messages will be saved in the WhatsApp database — Photo: Playback/WABetaInfo
WABetaInfo indicates that the transcribed messages will be saved in the WhatsApp database, so it will not be necessary to transcribe the same message more than once, as the transcription will be saved in the application to check it whenever you want.
As it is a function still under development, there is no scheduled date for the release of the feature in WhatsApp Beta for iPhone (iOS) or in the stable version. Also, because it uses a technology made available by Apple, it is uncertain whether it will be available for Android in the future.