Google Duo can now show captions for voice and video messages
Earlier this year in April, we spotted a test in Google’s popular video calling app Duo which added closed captions to video and audio messages on the app. The test revealed that the app would receive a new “CC” button in the Message Player, which would allow users to toggle captions on and off. Now, the company is finally enabling closed caption in Google Duo for all users.
As per a recent tweet from the Made by Google (@madebygoogle) Twitter handle, closed captions have now been enabled on Google Duo. The tweet includes a video demonstrating the new feature in action.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) August 19, 2020
You can enable closed captions in Google Duo by tapping on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and then selecting the Settings option. In the Settings menu, you’ll need to tap on Message settings, where you’ll find a new “Captions for messages” option. Tapping on the toggle next to the option will enable the feature and you’ll start seeing captions on the video/audio messages you receive on the app.
As of now, the feature isn’t available for all users. I updated to Google Duo v99.0.327226226.DR99_RC10 from the Play Store and I wasn’t able to find the Captions for messages setting on my device. This leads me to believe that the feature has been enabled via a server-side switch and has only been released for a small number of users. We expect the feature to reach all Google Duo users in the coming days.
You can check if you’ve received the feature on your device by updating to the latest version of Google Duo from the Play Store link below. In case you have received the feature, make sure to let us know how well it’s able to transcribe speech in the comments section below.