Google Chrome could be getting its own Live Caption feature

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Google's Chrome browser could soon gain Live Caption support

As for its introduction in Google Chrome, the Speech On-Device API (SODA) that Live Caption relies on has been spotted in the code for the browser, as reported by Android Authority, suggesting it could soon be making its way to the desktop. Live Caption is now only available on select Pixel models, but a similar feature is seemingly in the works for Chrome. Plus, since the processing is done on-device, it may be more secure than an over-air captioning system. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is going to be the first non-Pixel handset to get Live Caption capabilities. This wouldn't necessarily point to Live Captions support on the browser, but the fact that the page includes the phrase: "The design document for the feature is located at: go/chrome-live-captions" is a fairly clear message about what the devs have in mind.

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A comment on the commit directly compares this potential implementation to Android's existing Live Caption feature, claiming the team "should use "Live Captions" when using a name for the feature to match what's done on Android". This commit references Chrome Live Caption directly, so it makes sense to conclude this could look very similar to what we see on the Pixel 4 today. However, Google wants SODA to be used for more than just Live Captions, based on a comment from another Googler who states, "Based on our discussion with the ChromeOS team, it sounds like they have other speech recognition scenarios they may want to build in the future". Currently, however, the feature is in the early stages of development.

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