The ability to transcribe messages was leaked as a possible upcoming feature in WhatsApp. Unfortunately, WhatsApp or Facebook has not yet confirmed information about the feature. Still, details leaked in the week suggest the “Transcription” system will work with Apple (and likely Google) to transcribe the text and improve speech recognition. the primary little bit of this leak appeared in an iOS build of the app – so we’ll likely see other angles soon.
The folks at WhatsApp Beta Info showed details of a transcription feature from an early build of the iOS version of WhatsApp. This technique was previously shown in an Android iteration of the app (through a 3rd-party app). So it was effectively further verified as a possible full public release prospect with this latest appearance in iOS code.
For the iOS version of the app, it might appear that the people at WhatsApp will be using Apple’s voice recognition technology for translation services. It’s possible WhatsApp chose to try to to this to avoid any potential fallout for mishap – or straight up responsibility for the privacy of users that’ll calculate whatever service is employed to stay their data secure.
It’s not clear yet if the info that means this connection to Apple’s speech recognition technology will be the go-to solution for quite just iOS devices. However, that’s quite likely things. Within the case of Android devices, it might only be logical that WhatsApp would work with Google’s speech recognition tech to translate for Android users.
Update: WhatsApp confirmed to ITechBrand that the feature exists, but there’s no guarantee it’s getting to graduate to the app on your smartphone. “We’re within the very early stages of designing and prototyping voice message transcription,” a spokesperson told us. “We’re an extended way from having the ability to supply this feature but if we do roll it out, it’ll be protected by end-to-end encryption.”