On iOS, WhatsApp may gain a voice message transcription function shortly

On iOS, WhatsApp may gain a voice message transcription function shortly

Will the feature ever come to WhatsApp for Android?
This feature is reported to be in the pipeline on iOS and could be included in an upcoming beta build. However, there is no news on if and when the feature would be available for Android users.
The uncertainty arises because WhatsApp probably cannot rely on Apple’s transcription service for catering to Android users and would have to look for alternatives.

WhatsApp recently added support for end-to-end encryption of chat backups. Now, the Facebook-owned messaging service could offer a transcription feature for voice messages.
This feature has been spotted under development by beta testers and was first reported by the reputed WhatsApp feature tracking website WABetaInfo.
The voice messages reportedly won’t be sent to WhatsApp or Facebook but would be transcribed by the iPhone manufacturer.
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The feature was spotted in development by an anonymous tester
Feature will be optional, transcription won’t link to your identity
Copy of transcript will be saved locally for future use
Will the feature ever come to WhatsApp for Android?
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The feature was spotted in development by an anonymous tester
You could possibly transcribe voice messages received on WhatsApp using a third-party app. However, they could be a bit inaccurate and could cost you your privacy.
A new first-party option reported to be in the works was spotted by an anonymous tester who informed that the feature is under development. A preview isn’t available to the general public but some details are known.
Apple helps out
Feature will be optional, transcription won’t link to your identity
According to WABetaInfo, the transcription service will be provided by Apple and your voice messages will also help the company improve its speech recognition technology.
Interestingly, the report claimed that the transcription won’t be linked to your identity. And the feature is optional, requiring special permission for iOS users.
Once you consent to allow WhatsApp to access speech recognition, you can transcribe voice messages.
How it works
Copy of transcript will be saved locally for future use
You can open a new “Transcript” section for each voice message. Here, you’ll be able to see a speech-to-text transcript of the audio recording alongside timestamps for lines.
When you transcribe a message for the first time, its transcription would be saved locally in the WhatsApp database. This helps avoid the need for a retranscription when you revisit a file that’s been already transcribed.

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