Live Caption from Google's Pixel phones could jump to Chrome too

Live Caption from Google's Pixel phones could jump to Chrome too

Live Caption from Google's Pixel phones could jump to Chrome too

The design document for the feature is located at: go/chrome-live-captions.

Back at Google I/O a year ago, the company announced a new tool in Android 10 called Live Caption. Plus, since the processing is done on-device, it may be more secure than an over-air captioning system.

The commit in question is for the SODA (Speed On-Device API) service which is crucial to get live captions to work on the browser. On top of that, the tool can also be used to help improve the video watching experience in loud environments.

Comments attached to the code in Chrome mention Live Caption by name as well, and even hint that the functionality in the browser might eventually extend beyond what's possible on Android. On the other hand, another comment says this Chrome implementation could go beyond what Live Caption on mobile is capable of, suggesting this service should keep the name SODA since a different name could be useful.

Live Caption is one of the coolest features on Google's Pixel phones - it made its debut on the Pixel 4 before moving to the Pixel 3 as well - and it looks as though Google has plans to build it into Chrome too.

The only bad news is that we shouldn't expect to see this feature in a stable release of Chrome for a little while, but if you like to stay up to date and don't mind the occasional bug, you can always start using Chrome Canary instead and you will nearly certainly get access to the feature earlier than you would on normal Chrome. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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