Facebook Messenger tests Google Voice-style transcriptions for sound clips

Voicemail is one of the least efficient ways of communicating, and yet a form of it survives in many messaging apps. Facebook added voice clips to Facebook Messenger in 2013, letting you share lengthy monologues using the app should you ever want to. But while no text can match the emotion and nuance that voice can convey, sometimes you just want a quick overview of a person is saying — and so today, Facebook is beginning to test Google Voice-style transcriptions to your voice clips.


Now when you send or receive a voice clip, you’ll see a text preview of the message. Both sender and receiver can see the text, unless you decide to turn it off. But most of us won’t see the feature any time soon: David Marcus, who runs…

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