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WhatsApp’s upcoming transcribe feature lets you ‘read’ voice notes

We all have friends who insist on sending you voice notes on WhatsApp all the time. My colleague Thomas, who hates that behavior, loves the fast playback option.

But what if I don’t want to listen to them at all? I could be in a meeting or out in a cafe where it might be difficult to listen to those. Or I might be in a mood to listen to no human voices (unless it’s Alex Turner).

WhatsApp might be building a new transcribe feature for such situations. WABetaInfo has found out that the Facebook-owned app is working on that feature on iOS.

If you choose to transcribe a message, the app will ask you to access Apple’s speech recognition services. All the processing is done on your device, so no data is sent to WhatsApp or Facebook server, and that’s reassuring for privacy reasons. You wouldn’t want Zuck, to listen to your 10-minute rants about football and nosy neighbors.