WhatsApp is working on voice message transcription!

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Today WABetaInfo has reached 100k followers on Twitter. Thank you so much! To celebrate this event, I decided to publish very exclusive news today and you’ll be surprised!


Common questions Answers
Name of the feature? Voice message transcription
Status? Under development
Availability? WhatsApp will release the possibility to transcribe voice messages in a future update.
I’ve installed the latest update but I cannot transcribe voice messages, why? We wrote that the feature is under development, so its not available for the public, but you can discover a preview here.
Previous news? WhatsApp beta for Android what’s new?

Today is the big day! 100000 followers are following WABetaInfo on Twitter. I’m so happy about reaching this result… I want to thank you today, publishing a feature that you never thought to see implemented on WhatsApp: the possibility to transcribe voice messages!
We already talked about the possibility to get a transcription of your voice messages four months ago, using a third-party app on WhatsApp for Android. An external app was needed because WhatsApp doesn’t support this feature, but today things are finally changing because we can announce that WhatsApp is working on voice message transcription!
How will this service work? Your messages won’t be sent to WhatsApp or Facebook server for getting the transcription, but Apple provides it. Your voice message will also help Apple to improve its speech recognition technology, but it won’t be directly linked to your identity.
This feature is optional but, when you decide to transcribe a message, special permission will be required:

After accepting the permission, you’re ready to try the transcription service, opening a new “Transcript” section, where you can also jump to a specific timestamp:

When a message is transcripted for the first time, its transcription is saved locally in the WhatsApp database, so it won’t be needed to transcript it again if you want to see its transcription later.
This feature is amazing but unfortunately, there is no information about the availability on WhatsApp for Android. If there is news about this, you will find an announcement on Twitter. Note that WhatsApp is used to implementing the same features on iOS and Android, so it’s very possible we will see a different solution on WhatsApp for Android.
On iOS, the feature is under development, so it will be released in a future update for beta testers.
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