Whatsapp reportedly testing voice message transcriptions for iOS

Popular messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will convert voice messages into text, allowing users to find out what’s been said in the audio without playing it out loud. 

First discovered by WaBetaInfo, the feature is currently being tested in WhatsApp’s iOS app and it’s now known yet when it will be officially launched. 

When you use the voice message transcription feature for the first time, WhatsApp will ask for your permission to access speech recognition. 

The speech data won’t be transferred to Facebook, according to WaBetaInfo. But it will be shared with Apple ‘’to process your requests’’, the notification bar says. The iPhone-maker will also use the data to improve its speech recognition technology. 

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According to WaBetaInfo, transcriptions will be saved locally in the WhatsApp database when you convert a voice message into text for the first time, so that it won’t have to transcribe it again when you want to check out the transcription later. 

With nearly two billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is currently the most popular messaging app in the world, followed by Facebook Messenger and WeChat. 

Also Read: WhatsApp Revenue and Usage Statistics

The company recently released a new feature, called ‘View Once’, which now allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after being viewed once. 

Written by Maya Robertson


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