Google Duo appears to be planning to add support for the incoming video and audio messages on mobile devices for live text captions.
Google Duo can do more than just make video calls if you weren’t aware of that already. You can send video and audio messages, and receive them. Video messages have been available for a few years now, while audio messages are somewhat more recent — were added shortly after.
Jane Manchun Wong, who is well known for her code digging in many of the most popular apps on your smartphone, unveiled the upcoming feature. She shared a screenshot of the upcoming transcription (or captions) option for messages sent or received through the video messaging app inside Google Duo.
If you’ve got a Pixel 4, 3, or 3a, you’ll probably wonder why this is a big deal — as you can just allow global Live Captions to have the same impact. Nevertheless, this latest caption toggle for Google Duo means that since Android 10 dropped more users will be able to utilize the amazing live transcription software we’ve seen on Pixel devices.
The toggle suggests the audio will be sent directly to Google for off-device transcription, rather than on-device translation — like on recent pixels. It means that, although it is not obvious, you would probably need an internet connection for the transcription service to be working.
Given the discovery, we do not have any details about just when this feature could come to Duo. Wong did not specify from which version of the OS this screengrab was, either. One would expect the functionality to come first to Android before moving to iOS, but again at this point we simply do not know.