WhatsApp: you will soon be able to read voice messages thanks to a transcription function
WhatsApp just added end-to-end encryption support for chat backups and it looks like the company is now considering offering a voice message transcription feature. This feature is currently under development and has been spotted by WaBetaInfo.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a new transcription of voice messages that will be done entirely on the user’s device, so that WhatsApp and Facebook will not be able to access these messages. However, since the message will not be associated with a unique identifier, privacy could be improved in future updates.
This will be particularly useful for those who do not like or cannot listen to long audio messages on the application, since WhatsApp will now be able to turn these messages into text for you to read.
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How will the voicemail transcription function work?
The functionality, when available, will be offered as an option. Users will need to give WhatsApp access to their device’s voice recognition technology when they want to transcribe a voice message. This permission will be quite similar to the camera and microphone permissions that users give to WhatsApp.
As the feature has yet to be announced, we cannot be sure that WhatsApp will roll it out for all users. However, previous WABetaInfo leaks have proven that it can generally be expected that all features spotted in this way will one day or another be available to everyone.