The technical website WABetaInfo revealed that the platform Whatsapp Facebook-owned is developing a feature that provides transcribed transcripts of received voice messages, allowing you to easily read what was said without having to play it aloud. They do not have time to listen to the entire audio message.
The feature spotted by WABetaInfo is currently in development for iOS. It is not clear when it will reach the beta version of the platform for iPhone and Android users.
According to screenshots shared by the site, the feature works by sending speech data to Apple to process user requests, not to parent company Facebook.
There is a disclaimer that this data also helps Apple improve speech recognition technology.
It is unclear how the data sent to it is secured, given that the feature has not been officially announced yet. Currently, voice messages are protected by end-to-end encryption.
WABetaInfo reports that audio transformations are saved to the device after they are created. The text section makes it easy to skip to certain parts of the message. This is similar to other auto-copy software such as Google Recorder or Otter.ai. That allows you to click on a word to access the moment when it is spoken in the recording.
Currently, Whatsapp voice messages can only be converted to written messages using third-party software.
A useful feature of the platform, especially if you need to send a longer message and are not in a position to write it.
– Sometimes causes problems for recipients who do not have headphones and are not in a position to listen to a message aloud.
– Voice transcription can allow people to silently see the contents of a voice message or indicate important details later without the need for voice redaction.