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This Google App Can Transcribe Speech in Realtime

Dave Parrack 04-02-2019

Google has launched two new apps for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Both apps, Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, are designed to make it easier for people with hearing problems to communicate better Improve Your Communication Skills with These 7 Websites Good communication is a subtle force that will open doors professionally. These seven online resources will help you become better at this all-important soft skill. Read More with the people around them.


Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier

Live Transcribe is a realtime transcription tool. It uses cloud-based speech recognition to transcribe conversations in realtime. This enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to read, rather than hear, what’s being said with virtually no delay.

As detailed on The Keyword, Live Transcribe was developed based on the experiences of Dimitri Kanevsky, a research scientist at Google. Having “brought Dimitri closer to his loved ones,” Google is now launching Live Transcribe on a wider scale.

Live Transcribe comes pre-installed on Pixel 3 devices, and can be enabled in Accessibility Settings. However, Live Transcribe is also being rolled out on Google Play via a limited beta. Interested parties should sign up here to be notified when it’s available.

Sound Amplifier is essentially an app-based hearing aid. It filters, augments, and amplifies the sounds being picked up by your smartphone. And by wearing wired headphones, the person using the app can hear the filtered, augmented, and amplified sounds.

While Sound Amplifier is aimed at people who are deaf or hard of hearing, it could be useful for anyone struggling to hear over background noise. Sound Amplifier comes with a host of settings allowing you to micromanage the sound to your own personal needs.


Sound Amplifier comes pre-installed on Pixel 3 devices, but Android 9 Pie users can also download Sound Amplifier from Google Play. This app requires wired headphones to work, which is ironic given that the 3.5mm headphone jack is slowly disappearing.

Google Is Helping People Hear Better

Too often, people who are deaf or hard of hearing are ignored by technology firms. And that’s despite progress on helping blind or visually impaired people browse the web 5 Ways to Browse the Web If You're Blind or Visually Impaired Computer usage can be a pain if you have eye problems or visual disabilities. However, these important tech options can extremely useful for such cases! Read More . So Google deserves credit for working to make people’s lives easier.

Related topics: Accessibility, Google, Speech to Text, Transcription.

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  1. TC
    April 30, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    LiveTranscibe is NOT able to transcribe TV conversations! It will treat TV conversations as background noise. I was hoping to transcribe old French movies I had to help me learn French. To get it to work, you have to basically SCREAM at the phone! What a USELESS app (for now...)

  2. Neelakandan
    March 24, 2019 at 4:35 am

    After recording our speech whether is possible to copy the text and paste in the social media like WhatsApp, Facebook & Twitter?