Facebook to turn your voice into text!

20 January 2015

Facebook Facebook are testing out a new function for their Messenger app, which will convert your voice into text. You can already send voice clips and videos through the service, but if you have a horrible face and a voice that sounds like all the fingernails in the world scraping down a terracotta pot, then this'll be just the thing for you!

David Marcus, VP of Messaging products at Facebook, announced this in a Facebook page, saying: "We're always working on ways to make Messenger more useful. As many of you know, we already offer a feature that enables people to send voice clips to their friends without having to type out the text."

"Today we are starting to roll out a small test that helps people read the voice clips they receive instead of having to play them out loud."

"So, for example, if you're at a concert or in a meeting, and would prefer to read a voice clip from a friend, you now can if you're part of the small test we're rolling out. Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now and we're looking forward to seeing what you think of it before making the experience more widely available."

They'll have their work cut out for them though, as speech recognition programs rely on being able to translate from a host of accents. If you come from California, your version of English will be hugely different to someone who grew up in Glasgow. And that's just looking at the English language.

Either way, Facebook are really working on Messenger and want it to be one of the main apps people use, so expect more developments (and people getting angry about personal privacy) in the coming months.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Mobile

1 comment

  • Spencer
    What a golden age of communication we live in. Just imagine... when this tech is combined with the text reader on the recipients phone, I can talk at my phone - and the person at the other end - will HEAR it spoken to them! Imagine that? I simply have to speak - and they can hear it at the other end. What a time to be alive.

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