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Facebook testing Voice-to-Text function for Messenger app

Voice-to-Text isn’t a new technology. Many carrier voicemails and third-party voicemail services have been offering it for a number of years. Facebook is now apparently in the testing process of bring the same ability across to the Facebook Messenger app by automatically transcribing received voice notes to text readouts under the clip.

Facebook MessengerDavid Marcus, Vice President of Messaging at Facebook, made the tiny news announcement via his Facebook page just a few days ago with the attached image.

As many of you know, we already offer a feature that enables people to send voice clips to their friends without having to type out the text. Today we are starting to roll out a small test that helps people read the voice clips they receive instead of having to play them out loud.

It certainly is a handy feature if you find yourself with voice clips and not currently in a situation where playing it out loud would be wise. For instance, at work or during a meeting. Or, depending on your friends, when your kids are around. I am sure there have been a number of voice clips that were never listened to due to the receivers current situation. The service is only being tested in a “tiny scale” for the time being. However, he doesn’t mention any criteria for being included in the test nor if it is iOS or Android specific at the moment, but I gather from the iPhone image using it that Android might be out of the loop on it for now. Although Facebook did just update Messenger on Android on the 17th of January. So it is possible some could see it there as well.

If you happen to see text below your voice clips you should feel special and be sure to let us know how it is working out. While voice-to-text is rather useful, if you’re sending party is in loud environments or doesn’t speak very clear, your experience will be rather poor in the translations.

Source: David Marcus (Facebook) via TNW

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