Google Chrome on Desktop to get real-time captioning soon

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Global tech giant Google is bringing its real-time captioning feature to the Chrome browser on desktop, making the internet a more accessible space for people with disabilities and others who don’t want to hear the audio.

Some Pixel and Samsung Galaxy smartphones already had the real-time caption feature.
According to mobile software development XDA Developers, the Live Caption feature is now available for users on the stable Chrome 89.

The report said that “We can confirm the Live Caption feature now appears in Settings > Advanced > Accessibility. If you’re on Chrome 89 and aren’t seeing the Live Caption toggle, restarting Chrome should do the trick.”

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In December, Google brought live caption support in four new languages, French, German, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Spain and Latin America) to its video collaboration app Meet. The company initially introduced live captions in English last year.

Google Meet provides live captions in meetings using speech-to-text technology, allowing deaf or hard-of-hearing participants to follow along and stay engaged.

Live Caption automatically captions speech on your device with a single tap. A feature that will soon be available on Chrome on the desktop.

Google recommends using the feature “videos, podcasts, phone calls, video calls, and audio messages & even stuff you record yourself.”

Live Caption is similar to Live Transcribe in terms of functionality. Live Transcribe, on the other hand, listens to what others are saying and prints it out on a phone’s display, whereas Live Caption processes audio from videos, podcasts, and other sources to provide real-time captions.

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