Allo v25 enables automatic transcriptions for audio messages, may hint at threaded...

Allo v25 enables automatic transcriptions for audio messages, may hint at threaded conversations [APK Teardown]

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A new version of Allo is rolling out just in time for the holidays. If you’re thinking about singing Christmas carols or wishing somebody a happy new year, things are going to get a little more interesting thanks to the latest update. Your audio messages will now be automatically transcribed to text, so people can decide when to listen and have some idea of what they’re going to be hearing. There’s also a clue that may suggest threaded conversations will be supported. We’re still poking around for other changes, but let us know in the comments if you stumble across anything else.
What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Voice transcriptions for audio messages

Voice transcriptions for audio messages

Audio transcriptions were first revealed in a teardown of Allo v22. They work a lot like language transcriptions except that they occur automatically, so no long-press is needed. The transcription usually takes a couple seconds to appear after the message is received.
If you don’t like having the transcriptions, you can go into Settings -> Chat and turn off Voice message transcripts. Just be aware that you can’t long-press on the audio message to manually request a transcription.
It’s probably worth noting that video messages are not transcribed. But who knows, maybe Allo will do that next.

The transcriptions work just like voice dictation, so they will be pretty literal and won’t insert any punctuation based on pauses or other audio clues. On the other hand, that means you can speak your punctuation and it will be appropriately converted for the transcripts. For the screenshot above, I spoke ‘comma’ and ‘exclamation mark’ as part of the second message. Of course, that will sound pretty weird to somebody that hears the message, so you might want to consider how the recipient is likely to consume the message.


Article originally published at: Android Police