- The recently released Android 11 Dev Preview 3 has revealed that Android’s Live Captions feature may be available with phone calls in the future.
- While it’s still early in the day, it’s likely that the feature will be available when Android 11 releases commercially in fall this year.
- Google introduced basic support for live captions with the Android 10 update last year.
Android 10 introduced a handy live caption feature that would provide written prompts on your screen for some content on the device. Code found within the latest build of the Android 11 Developer Preview seems to suggest that this feature may also be extended to phone calls, allowing users to read what the person on the other end is saying.
Since this has already been spotted on the dev preview, it’s likely that the final build of Android 11 will have this feature when it is released this fall. The discovery was made within the code of Device Personalization Services (v2.13.302920511).
If Live Caption is enabled on your phone, users on the other end will reportedly get an audio prompt saying “Hi, the person you’re about to speak with has call captions turned on. They’ll see captions of what you say to help them listen along.”
This could be a handy feature on Android 11 and can possibly be used as an accessibility feature as well. Live Captions is somewhat limited in its current form, although it’s good to see the feature getting better with the next major Android release. Although one would like to believe that this will make the cut on Android 11, it’s likely this is still under testing and may not be implemented after all.
With Google recently releasing the Android 11 Developer Preview 3, the focus is now firmly set on the first Android 11 beta which should be ready over the next few weeks. This will give us a very good idea about the Live Captions feature as well as some new tricks that Google may have up its sleeve for the next major Android release.
Will you be interested in live captions for phone calls?