The sudden surge in working from home has led Google to heavily invest in its video chat tools, including Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet). Last month it gained the ability to accept multiple join requests at once, and now Meet's live caption feature will support more languages.
Live Caption is one of the more unique additions you'll find on Android devices. First shown off at Google I/O 2019, the feature automatically transcribes speech from video playback in real time, on-device. It was initially a Pixel 4 exclusive when it launched, but since then the capability has expanded to older Pixel models. The Galaxy S20 launched with Live Caption, and now it's coming to more Samsung handsets as One UI 2.5 rolls out.
As part of today's Pixel 4a festivities, Google has also announced a new feature that's coming to older Pixels as well. Remember Google's Live Caption feature that transcribes speech in real-time, on-device, for things like videos? Well, Live Caption will now also work for video and voice calls — more useful than ever in these socially distant times.
Alongside Slack, Google Meet, and Zoom, Microsoft Teams has quickly become one of the go-to solutions for remote working and living, connecting coworkers and friends in times of social distancing. Microsoft recognizes this and is pouring a ton of resources into the service, having only recently introduced a personal version of the platform for Android. In a blog post today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of updates for all of its Teams users, including a snazzy new Together Mode that digitally recreates meetings, classrooms, and auditoriums to make people feel more connected. It's also launching smart displays running Cortana and Teams.
Live Caption, which was first introduced during Google I/O 2019 as a Pixel 4 exclusive, is a game-changing addition to the suite of accessibility features built into Android 10. Using Live Caption allows those with deafness or other hearing disabilities to follow along with video content, while Android generates captions in real-time. It appears that the feature may be getting ready to make the leap from smartphones to computers as work is underway to bring the feature to Chrome, according to a new code commit to the Chromium Gerrit.
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the latest flagships to hit the market, and even though we generally like them, there are some downsides to both of them. While OP can't do much about hardware characteristics like curved edges or crushed blacks, some things can be fixed in software. As such, the phones have already received an update to Oxygen OS 10.5.4 ahead of sales starting April 29, and now that ROM is also available for download on OP's website.
OnePlus' Open Beta program gives device owners the ability to try out bleeding-edge software before it's ready for the masses. Those of you with a OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro can now give Open Beta 10 a spin, which has a few key improvements — including the Live Caption feature that came to Pixel devices last year.
While OnePlus occasionally drops the ball when it comes to software updates, it's generally one of the most responsive and community-friendly manufacturers out there. As such, the company has finally published the first Open Beta for its latest flagships, the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, which comes with a slew of system and app enhancements and the previously Pixel 4-exclusive Live Caption.
As we predicted last week, Google's latest quarterly Feature Drop is rolling out for Pixel phones today. Unlike the regular monthly security releases, this update includes a ton of new features, including a new play/pause gesture for Pixel 4's Motion Sense, a wider rollout of car crash detection, dark theme scheduling, Live Caption for the Pixel 2, a new power button wallet, live Duo AR effects, a pile of new emoji, and a whole lot more.
One of the most unique software features in Google's Pixel devices is Live Caption, a feature that creates captions on-device for any audio being played — including videos, calls, and anything else. It's something that no other Android OEM has duplicated, until now.