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Google Adds New Feature to Transform Voices Into Texts

Google Adds New Feature to Transform Voices Into Texts

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 - 05:15
Logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich. Photo: Reuters
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Google has added sound events to its Live Transcribe app, which it said will help the hearing impaired become more immersed in the audio world, by transforming voices into written texts.

According to the CNET.com website, Live Transcribe will now transcribe not only speech, but also sounds like dogs barking, door-knocks, applause, laughter, music, whistling and passing cars, thanks to an update of Google's machine learning and speech recognition technology, the German News Agency reported.

The app was launched in February alongside Sound Amplifier, with both aimed at making it easier for the hearing impaired to communicate.

Live Transcribe generates captions on the screen by capturing speech through a smartphone's microphone.

The app will also now allow users to copy and save transcripts, which will be stored locally on an Android phone for three days, Google said Thursday in a blog post announcing the changes. The updates will be rolled out in June.

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