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Technology Why Google Recorder is a best-in-class app. Too bad it only works on Pixel phones

03:05  11 december  2019
03:05  11 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

The Pixel 4's Recorder app can capture and transcribe simultaneously

  The Pixel 4's Recorder app can capture and transcribe simultaneously Google's Pixel 4 smartphone will come with a nifty new Recorder app that is sure to earn fans among journalists and students. In one of the more show-stealing parts of the company's fall hardware event, Google's Sabrina Ellis revealed she had been using the app throughout her presentation to record her part of the keynote. The app can both record and transcribe audio at the same time. Additionally, thanks to machine learning, it can identify specific words and sounds, allowing you to use the app's built-in search function to find specific parts of a transcript. Ellis later revealed that the entire demo was done with the Pixel 4 in airplane mode.

But the good news is that Google has made Recorder available to other Pixel phones beyond the Pixel 4. That gives me hope that the Recorder app could After Recorder is installed on your Pixel phone , you use it just like any other voice notes or memo app : Open the app , tap the record button

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After using Google's new Recorder app, you'll never want to use another voice memo app again. It's true. Instead of simply recording the audio of a lecture or interview like all the other apps do, Recorder transcribes whatever it hears in real-time -- on the device -- without sending any information to Google. In fact, it doesn't require a data connection at all.

a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: As you record, the audio wave is shown along with the type of audio that's detected. Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET As you record, the audio wave is shown along with the type of audio that's detected. Jason Cipriani/CNET As you record, the audio wave is shown along with the type of audio that's detected. © Jason Cipriani/CNET

As you record, the audio wave is shown along with the type of audio that's detected.

You can view your transcription as it's being created, or go back and search or share the file with a classmate or colleague. Or if you don't have a Pixel phone, but know someone who does, let them know about the app. Not only will it help them, but it could help you as well if they share the transcription with you to collaborate on work.

Pixel 4 Recorder app can transcribe speech in real time without an internet connection

  Pixel 4 Recorder app can transcribe speech in real time without an internet connection On-device and in real time, without sending data to the internet .For whatever reason, Google hasn’t made a voice recorder app before now. It’s been an odd absence on Pixel phones. And while it could be remedied by downloading any number of apps from the Play Store, having a simple one built into a phone should very much be an expected feature.The Recorder app really does seem to push beyond what most voice recorders can do, though. Apple’s Voice Memos app, for instance, just records audio and stores it for playback.

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It's a shame that Google is limiting the Recorder app to its Pixel phones for now, but hopefully, that changes in the near future. But the good news is that Google has made Recorder available to other Pixel phones beyond the Pixel 4 . That gives me hope that the Recorder app could come to other phones in the future.

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You'll need a Pixel phone -- for now

Right now, the Recorder app is available for the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL , Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. In the past, Google has used its Pixel line to test features before a wider release, and we can only hope that means Recorder will eventually come to all Android devices.

Have one of those Pixel phones? Download and install the Recorder app from the Play Store.

Google’s auto-transcribing Recorder app will come to older Pixel devices

  Google’s auto-transcribing Recorder app will come to older Pixel devices Following its debut on the Pixel 4Automatic transcription services are becoming increasingly common, but the advantage the Recorder app has is it does everything on device and works even when your phone is without an internet connection. It’s not perfect, and it can struggle with some stronger accents and particularly fast talkers. But for the most part, it’s fast, fairly accurate, and, most importantly, totally free.

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The Google Pixel 3 reportedly has an issue with its camera system whereby some photos fail to As Google plans to roll out the fix to all three Pixel generations, there’s a good chance that it might be included in the November security patch. Google Recorder is now available on older Pixel phones .

A recording and a transcript

a screenshot of a cell phone: You can view the audio wave or transcript as it records. Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET You can view the audio wave or transcript as it records. Jason Cipriani/CNET

After Recorder is installed on your Pixel phone, you use it just like any other voice notes or memo app: Open the app, tap the record button, and let it record.

As it's recording, you'll see sound waves scroll across the screen. On the bottom you'll see the pause button, along with an Audio option (already selected) and a Transcript option. If you tap Transcript, you can watch the recording populate in real-time, complete with punctuation.

Watching the app transcribe whatever it's hearing can come in handy if you're listening to someone speak with an accent, or if you just want to check the spelling of a word as you jot down notes. It's mesmerizing to watch.

Once you're done recording, tap on the pause button. You can then give the recording a title and location, and either resume or save it. There's also the option to delete it.

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a screenshot of a cell phone: Search and share your audio recording with just a few taps. Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET Search and share your audio recording with just a few taps. Jason Cipriani/CNET

Reviewing and sharing your recordings

The best tip I can give you for reviewing your recordings is to use the search tool. Located at the top of the main screen is a search box that, when used, will search all of the recordings stored on your device and then highlight each recording and the specific section where that word or phrase is used.

It's extremely convenient when you're trying to find a specific topic of a lecture or a quote from an interview. It's also helpful if (like me) you don't get into the habit of naming your recordings. Don't be like me, though. Get in the habit of naming your recordings before you save them. It's a simple task that will save you time and headaches down the road.

When you share a recording, you're given the option to pass along just the audio, just the text file or both. Once you share the recording, the recipient won't be able to use the search features, of course, or access any files on your computer, but it's a handy way to share content.

Google's voice recorder app is heading to older Pixel phones

  Google's voice recorder app is heading to older Pixel phones One of the niftiest features Google revealed for Pixel 4 at the device's launch event last month was a Recorder app, which captures and transcribes audio simultaneously. Owners of older Pixel devices won't necessarily miss out, however, as Google revealed in a Reddit thread it plans to bring Recorder to other phones. Google has often added features it debuts on its latest flagship handsets to its older devices and even its iOS apps, so the news it'd make Recorder more broadly available was somewhat expected from the jump. The app is useful for people who hate taking notes or need to quote speech accurately (such as your friendly neighborhood journalists).

Using one of Google's Pixel phones has its own set of benefits, outside of the Recorder app. There's a Live Caption feature that's impressively cool. Google's Call Screen feature will help you manage incoming calls from solicitors or robocalls. If you're new to the Pixel lineup thanks to the Pixel 4, be sure to read through some of the best hidden features we could find.

a screenshot of a cell phone on a table: The real-time transcript is the coolest feature for any voice memo app I've ever used. Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET The real-time transcript is the coolest feature for any voice memo app I've ever used. Jason Cipriani/CNET

Originally published earlier today.

Google's powerful Recorder app now works on older Pixel phones .
Over its last few Pixel cycles, Google has made a point of bringing some features of its most recent phone to other devices. This week, for instance, Pixel 4's live audio captioning tool expanded to Pixel 3 and 3a devices. Now, owners of older Pixel handsets can check out one of Pixel 4's niftier aspects: the Recorder app that can capture and transcribe audio simultaneously. Google said last month it'd make Recorder available for older Pixels. On Thursday, it updated the app, which should now pop up in the Play Store for other supported Pixels, namely Pixel 2 and later devices. However, it doesn't seem to work on the original Pixel -- at least not officially.

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