Google is advancing communication with their new speech-to-text app, Live Transcribe, for Android phones. The app is capable of recording audio from speech and converting it to text. Its artificial intelligence makes it process the audio in real time and with very accurate results. This could be especially useful for those with hearing impairments or hearing related disabilities. For example, if an instructor is giving a lecture and has a student with a hearing disability, their speech can be both transcribed and recorded for the student’s future reference.
Live Transcribe Perks and Features
The app has many unique options for its users that can really elevate your experience. Here are a few of our favorites:
For people who speak different languages, the Live Transcribe Language can be changed from in the settings below the text area as well. There are 70 different languages you can choose from and the app can recognize and transcribe the speech for each language.
This app also gives you the option to disable profanity in it’s transcriptions. This is very useful if the person does not like swear words. The app will identify the swear word and exclude it from the text it’s recorded. You can adjust this setting in Live Transcribe’s advanced options. Live Transcribe is capable of changing the size of the text that it outputs. If the text is too small for you to read, you can easily increase the text size in the settings tab. Another feature of the app is its ability to allow the user to switch between dark and light themes for better eye comfort depending on whether it is night or day.
If you need to save a transcription for future review, Live Transcribe can save your text for up to 3 days before it’s erased from the app. For privacy purposes, the conversation will only be stored in the app instead of on servers. For recording speech from other devices, like wireless headsets and microphones, the app can connect to them through Bluetooth and collect the speech to be transcribed from there. This comes in handy if someone wants to speak through a different device or wants to communicate with another person from across the room.
Live Transcribe can let you send a response to the person speaking. You just open the keyboard to type your response and the speaker will see it. If the person viewing the transcription wants to stop Live Transcribe from transcribing any more speech, they can press pause and Live Transcribe will stop. If the user wants to know the noise level or whenever speech is being picked up by the app, they can look to the corner of the app at a blue circle. It pulses and gets larger depending on how loud the person is speaking.
This also helps them to know if they need to move the microphone closer to the speaker to get a better transcription output. If someone is speaking, pauses and starts speaking again, Live Transcribe will vibrate to let the user know that the person has continued to speak so they can look at the text again.
As for non-speech sounds in the environment, Live Transcribe will detect them and label them for you. Bird calls, dogs barking or the wind will be considered non-speech audio and won’t be transcribed. The app will not run in the background while you’re using other apps, so if you know you’re going to need transcriptions, it’s best to stay in the app and pay attention to the text coming in. This app is most effective as help for understanding someone else’s speech where language barriers or hearing impairments are present. It gives clear, concise transcriptions to help improve your conversation experience. If you have these barriers or impairments, then this app might be very helpful for you.
Accessing Live Transcribe
Live Transcribe can be used on Android phones from Android 5.0 and up. It can be downloaded free from the Google Play Store. But if your device is a Pixel 3 device or newer, it can be accessed directly in your accessibility settings. Keep in mind, the app does requires internet connection to work. After Live Transcribe is activated, the activation button will look like an icon in the shape of a person. You can press this icon and the speech will immediately be transcribed. Thanks to Google, Live Transcribe is opening up doors to better communication for all.