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Technology Live Caption on Pixel 4 transcribes videos in real time

01:00  17 october  2019
01:00  17 october  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Live Caption happens in real - time and “completely on-device,” Google explains, which means you’ll see the captions appear immediately on the screen without having to worry about connectivity or buffering. The captions always stay private, Google says, and won’t leave the device. As you can see in the animation above, you can also move the captions out of the way, so they don’t block the actual content you’re trying to watch. Developed in collaboration with deaf and hard of hearing communities, Live Caption will be available initially in English, with support for other languages rolling

Remember Google's Live Caption feature that transcribes speech in real - time , on-device, for things like videos ? Originally a Pixel 4 -exclusive, Live Caption eventually made its way to the Pixel 3, 3a, and even the Pixel 2, as well as a handful of third-party devices. If you haven't used it, it's pretty great, transcribing the spoken words in content like YouTube or video messages. It's great for accessibility, but it's also useful if you're just stuck in a noisy environment, or don't want to bother the folks around you.

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First announced at Google I/O a few months ago, Live Caption will be available on the new Pixel 4 phones, and will hit older Pixel hardware later this year, including the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. Other Android handsets might also get it next year, although Google didn’t mention any brands or devices.

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They’ll see captions of what you say to help them listen along.” This will work for both voice and video calls and supports apps like Telegram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and more. Other than introducing the ability to transcribe phone calls, Google hasn’t announced any other improvements to Live Caption . It still only works with English-language speech and still doesn’t work with all kinds of media. However, it’s possible that Google will continue to add new features, and it’s likely that Google will continue to expand support to additional devices in the future.

Live Caption is available on Pixel 4 at first, and it'll arrive on Pixel 3 and 3a phones later this year. Google says it's working with Android manufacturers to bring Live Caption to other devices next year. The rollout comes just after Google's Pixel 4 event at which it showed off its new Recorder app. That will simultaneously capture and transcribe audio for you in real - time . Recorder and Live Caption also follow the live captioning YouTube has offered for a decade. Update 10/17/19 4 :21AM ET: This article has been updated to reflect the correct time frame for Live Caption integration on third-party

What the feature does is automatically caption any video you play on your mobile device, whether it’s from YouTube, Instagram, or videos that you record yourself. That’s excellent news not only for the more than 466 million people who are deaf or suffering from other hearing deficiencies, but for anyone else looking to enjoy a video without bothering others. Live Caption can also be useful if you don’t quite understand what a person is saying.

The feature will be available on any video with a single tap, but that doesn’t cover phone or video calls.

Live Caption happens in real-time and “completely on-device,” Google explains, which means you’ll see the captions appear immediately on the screen without having to worry about connectivity or buffering. The captions always stay private, Google says, and won’t leave the device. As you can see in the animation above, you can also move the captions out of the way, so they don’t block the actual content you’re trying to watch.

Developed in collaboration with deaf and hard of hearing communities, Live Caption will be available initially in English, with support for other languages rolling out down the road.

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