Google has something I want Apple to steal. OK, maybe steal is the wrong word, what with intellectual property laws and everyone in a litigious state these days. Google’s new Pixel 4 features a real-time transcription that works in a couple of ways– functions you won’t find on an iPhone.
First, Google has a Recorder app on Pixel 4 which listens to your audio and transcribes it while you speak. Big whoop, right? Siri has been able to do that on iPhone for years. Except you need an internet connection to make it work. Google’s version is much faster because it lives on the Pixel 4 smartphone.
The world is ready for a pair of earbuds that can listen to someone else speak in a different language and have real-time translation piped into your ears. Let’s say you travel to Japan and need some directions. Japanese are very helpful, rudimentary English is taught in schools, but speaking conversational English is not so common.
A real-time translation app that listens to someone else’s conversation and translates while they speak then relays the translation into your earbuds is exactly where Google is going with all this real-time technology.
Siri on Watch works well and makes it easy to transcribe text messages and record notes. Other apps record both audio and make a transcription, but none of it is done in real-time. Watch needs an internet connection and an iPhone to make it happen.
Google’s real-time transcription app does not because the technology is on the Pixel 4.
Is it perfect? Nope. It may never be perfect, but even Siri has improved in the past couple of years and I have learned to adapt my speech accordingly to get better transcriptions on messages and notes.
Jim comma, how are you doing now question mark Do you plan to be at the meeting tonight question mark If so comma see you then exclamation point.
I have to visualize the punctuation but it works– only after I made the adjustment. What we want is a Siri that can handle intonation and punctuation in real-time, too. Google does this much better than Apple. Google Assistant is better than Siri.
If you require even more power, there are other options, including Otter (developed by ex-Google engineers) which runs on iOS and Android.