WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168. The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is 22.214.171.124 and the TestFlight build is 23.3.0 (444837289).
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is working on the ability to transcribe voice notes, for a future update of the app!
|Name of the feature?||Voice note transcription|
|Availability?||WhatsApp is working on bringing the ability to transcribe voice notes to a future update.|
|I have the same version but I don’t have this feature, why?||This feature is under development so it is not ready to be released to beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.|
|How to join your community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on the ability to schedule calls!|
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In September 2021, we announced that WhatsApp was developing the ability to transcribe voice notes, which would have made it easier to read voice notes if you couldn’t listen to them. However, we later posted a tweet where we announced that the development of this feature had been interrupted for some unknown reasons: when a feature is under development, things like that may happen. But there is important news today: thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 update, we discovered that WhatsApp is finally working on this feature again!
As you can see in this screenshot, we discovered that WhatsApp is developing an introduction screen to explain when the transcription is not available: transcripts are unavailable when no words are recognized in the voice note or are set to a different language. These transcriptions are always performed locally on the device by downloading relevant language packs and are never shared with WhatsApp or Apple so you’re still the only that can listen to the content of your voice notes. However, the feature may only work on recent versions of iOS.
In addition, this update also provides a fix for those users that were experiencing an issue when sending documents: please, update WhatsApp to this version in order to share documents again.
The ability to transcribe voice notes is under development and it will be released in a future update. As always, we’re going to post an additional article when we have further details to share with our readers.
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