Chrome now Spontaneously Captions Audio and Video on the Web

Google has announced that it is expanding its real-time caption feature, Live Captions, from Pixel phones to anyone using a Chrome browser. Chrome now supports Google’s Live Caption feature. The Live Captions feature Of Chrome uses machine learning to instantly create captions for videos or audio which did not have any before, making the web much more accessible for hard of hearing or deaf users.

The Live Caption feature helps spontaneously create captions for any video, podcast, or audio message on your phone. The Live Captions feature was first spotted by XDA Developers, it only supports the English language, and is only available on few smartphones.

Live Captions can be enabled by going to Settings, then going to the Advanced section, and then going to Accessibility. (If anyone cannot see the feature, they should try manually updating and restarting their browser.

When enabled, Chrome will quickly download some speech recognition files, and then the Live Captions will automatically appear in a small, moveable box at the bottom of the browser when the user is watching or listening to any video where people are talking. Though words appear after a slight delay and for fast or stuttering speech, users may spot mistakes. But in general, the feature seems to be very impressive. Live Captions will even appear with muted audio and also if the volume is turned down, making it a way to read videos or podcasts without annoying anyone around.

This feature will be useful for users, without wireless earphones, to watch a video by not disturbing anyone around.

Chrome’s Live Captions worked seamlessly well on YouTube videos, podcast players, Twitch streams, and even music streaming services like SoundCloud in early tests. Though, it appears that Live Captions in Chrome only work in the English language, which is similar to mobile.

Users have an option to turn off this feature anytime by tapping on the caption icon that is located below the volume controls. Users just need to press their phone’s volume up or down button to launch the volume controls box.

Live Captions were initially introduced in the Android Q beta. Now that Live Captions are on Chrome browser, they will be widely available to many more audiences.

Live Captions are available now to users on Chrome for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Google says the feature will be available to Chrome OS users soon.

The accessibility feature was earlier exclusive to some Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones. The feature had first appeared on Pixel phones in 2019.

The latest Live Caption feature can only be used with the latest version of Chrome.


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