|Initial release||February 4, 2019|
4.2.350293983 / January 19, 2021
Live Transcribe is a smartphone application to get realtime captions developed by Google for the Android operating system. Development on the application began in partnership with Gallaudet University. It was publicly released as a free beta for Android 5.0+ on the Google Play Store on February 4, 2019. As of early 2022, it has garnered 500 million installs worldwide.
Researchers Dimitri Kanevsky, Sagar Savla and Chet Gnegy at Google developed the app in collaboration with researchers at Gallaudet University, an American university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing. The app uses machine learning to generate captions, similar to YouTube's auto-generated captions.
The app uses automatic speech recognition to generate live captions in over 80 languages with varying accuracy. The app requires internet to function and is available to download on the Google Play Store.
A later update to the app added support for non-speech sound events such as clapping, laughter, music, applause, whistling and more.
In August 2019, Google open-sourced the code behind Live Transcribe.
In May 2020, the app started supporting transcription in Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek; bringing the total to 70.
In March 2022, the app was updated with support to transcribe offline.
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