Google’s Live Transcribe App Can Now Transcribe Sound Events

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Google with 6 Comments

Back in February, Google launched two Android apps to help improve accessibility on Android. One of those apps was Live Transcribe, a live-captioning app that can transcribe speech in real-time, in multiple different languages.

Today, Live Transcribe is getting a new update to be more useful. In the past, Live Transcribe was only capable of transcribing speech — meaning importing things like background noise, or things that were actually happening were harder to capture. With today’s update, Live Transcribe can transcribe sound events, so you will now be able to tell when things are happening in the background as well as being able to transcribe speech. So for example, when a dog is barking, the app will let you know with a simple tag at the bottom.

The sound events aren’t embedded within the speech transcriptions, and instead, they are at the bottom, wrapped within little squares. It’s an interesting design choice because the sound events are so far from the actual speech transcriptions.

Google is also making it possible to locally copy and save transcripts, which is going to be really useful for students like me taking notes in lectures. I don’t have an Android phone, unfortunately.

You can get Live Transcribe from the Google Play Store here.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Google’s Live Transcribe App Can Now Transcribe Sound Events”

  1. Winner

    What else is amazing is that the Pixel phones do voice recognition on-device, with no data connection. I can talk as fast as I can and it captures all of it, not always perfectly but amazingly well.

  2. kevinburkett

    Paul. Mehedi needs an Android phone too! Company expense.

  3. dontbe evil

    like MS translator does for a while

  4. chrisrut

    I find the ability of this to transcribe even very soft muttered speech nothing short of amazing - it promises to be very useful for recording talks and presentations.

    But I don't see how to copy and save transcripts, at least not running on my LG V35.

    Edit: Evidently the update will be available next month.

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