This article was published on January 19, 2015

Facebook Messenger testing voice-to-text conversions

Facebook Messenger testing voice-to-text conversions

Facebook is testing a new feature as part of its Messenger app that allows you to automatically convert voice messages into text.

Voicetotext_messengerDavid Marcus, vice president of Messaging at Facebook, announced the tests in a post on the social network.

“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,” Marcus wrote.

He added that the test is only running at a “tiny scale” right now, and that it’ll be made more widely available if it proves popular.

I’d have though that being able to read the contents of a voice clip at a time when you perhaps wouldn’t be able to listen to a recording (in a meeting, for example) would prove useful to many users.

David Marcus [Facebook]

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