WhatsApp is working on developing a new feature in the iOS operating system, to allow converting voice messages through its application, into texts, as reported by “Middle East N24”.
“Middle East N24” added that the report issued by the “WABetaInfo” portal that “WhatsApp” is developing the feature to provide written texts for received voice messages so that you can easily read what is being said without having to play it out loud.
It is not yet clear when the beta version of WhatsApp will arrive for iPhone users or when this feature will reach the Android operating system.
The feature works, as reported by the newspaper, quoting a “WABetaInfo” report, by sending speech data to “Apple” servers, rather than the servers of “WhatsApp” or “Facebook”, the owner of the instant messaging service, “to process your requests.”
The report also indicated that this technology may help phone companies improve speech recognition technology.
It is not clear how the data “sent to Apple” will be secured since the feature has not yet been officially announced. Currently, voice messages are protected by end-to-end encryption in WhatsApp.
WABetaInfo reports that audio conversions are saved to the device after they are created, and that the “Text” section makes it easy to skip to certain parts of the message. This is similar to other automatic transcription programs such as Google’s Recorder or Otter.ai.
Currently, WhatsApp voice messages can only be transcribed using third-party software.
At the moment, there is no indication that there is a similar feature in the WhatsApp app for Android. However, given the level of feature parity between different WhatsApp apps, WABetaInfo anticipates that the feature may also be on its way to Android phones.
So far, the feature is still not available to the public, but only in developer beta.
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