Google Duo rolls out captions for audio and video messages

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Google Duo has rolled out captions for both audio and video messages for Android and iOS. These captions will appear at the bottom of the screen and will be right above the call button as soon as the users open the voice messages. These messages will be useful for users who are in a very noisy place and when they have to put the phone to their ear. 

“In a noisy place? No problem. Captions are now available on Google Duo, so you won’t miss a word of your video and voice messages,” Google wrote through Made by Google on Twitter.

The Captions for Message was first reported when it was in the development stage by reverse engineer Jane Wong. With this feature, Google will give you the permission to collect users’ audio content for transcription but does not store it. Also, the captions for messages feature and they will give access to more devices to transcribe messages.

Pixel phones which include Pixel 4, 3 and 3a have the Live captions feature. However, the new captions for messages feature is distinct from the Live captions feature. It has been confirmed by Google confirmed to Android Police. 

Live Caption also works to transcribe live audio and video calls in addition as well as other device playback. Caption for Messages can be enabled/disabled on Duo when you go to Message Settings. 9to5 Google noted It may not be immediately available to all users as they might appear in the coming weeks.

Duo has seen a big surge of about 8x surge in group calls in April, as well as 10 million sign-ups per week with a ten-fold increase in call minutes. Last month, Google Duo introduced support for 32 people for video calls on Android. 

Earlier, Google Duo also added features which include the AR effect for customised messages.

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