Google's Pixel 4 came with a slate of exclusive Android features, but arguably the most impressive was one humbly called Recorder. Now, a Google employee has suggested it's coming to non-Pixel 4 devices.
One of the coolest parts of Google’s Pixel 4 is its AI-assisted Live Caption feature, which allows your smartphone to automatically caption any audio being played in your apps. This lets you read along with media playing on sources like YouTube, Twitter, and more.
The app, which was released with the Pixel 4 in October 2019, is no ordinary audio recording app. While it naturally offers you the option to record audio, it also does something very few other free services do. Packed with machine learning, Google's Recorder offers transcriptions almost instantly and reasonably accurately. It allows you to search for words within the transcript so you can figure out where a particular section of information is located and can do it all offline.
This feature is incredibly useful for anyone needing audio quickly transcribed and something journalists and others in the note-taking profession have wanted for years. But it's only available for Pixel 4 owners right now.
Thankfully, however, a Google employee confirmed on a Reddit thread that the feature was going to come to older Pixel devices in the near future.
While this still means you'll need a Pixel device, the hope is that eventually Google will consider expanding it to other Android-supported devices once competitor apps start to catch on. Alternatively, if you need an excellent transcribing tool for your job, picking up a cheap, second-hand Pixel 2 or 3 might be the way to go.
With audio transcription, you get what you pay for. For a dollar per minute of audio, Rev will give you a well-formatted transcript. For 25 cents a minute (a little lower for large volumes), Trint will give you a transcript riddled with errors, but will help you correct it with a sophisticated editing tool. And for 10 cents a minute, the brand-new CheapTranscription.io will give you a no-frills text doc with even more errors. Depending on your needs, you might want to use all three. Here’s how to choose.