Google has released an update that enhances the Recorder application for Pixel devices. Initially introduced with the Pixel 4, Google ultimately made it available for all previous Pixel models. The real-time transcription application will record and transcribe audio, making it ideal for corporate meetings, classroom lectures, and more. With transcription search and on-device processing, this app is incredibly useful. If it wasn’t already on your phone, you can download it from the Play Store.
Version 4.2 of the app is now available via the Google Play Store, and one of the new features is Speaker labels, according to Google. Consequently, what are Speaker labels and what do they do? They “identify and label each speaker automatically during recording” And it is essential to know exactly who said what when reading a transcript. The transcripts will list the various speakers as Speaker 1, Speaker 2, Speaker 3, etc. Users will be able to give each speaker a name.
Additionally, each speaker will be assigned a unique color and Material You shape. Google adds, “Voice models are temporarily stored on the device until speaker labeling of your transcript is complete, after which they are deleted (usually within a few minutes). The speaker text labels will be saved in your transcript, and you will be able to edit them as necessary.”
It should be noted that according to Google, speaker labels will not function if your phone is too hot (uh oh fellow Pixel 6 Pro users). After updating to version 4.2, a new button will appear in the upper right corner of the app’s recorder user interface, allowing you to quickly toggle Speaker labels on and off. This is also manageable via “Settings.”
Each time a new speaker speaks, a new line is added to the transcription. And clicking “Edit speaker labels” enables you to assign a name to each speaker, split the transcript at a specific point, and attribute a passage to an existing speaker. The update also modified the Microphone settings to allow recording with either the phone’s microphone or an external microphone (including a microphone on a Bluetooth accessory).
We would like to note that the update is not yet available everywhere. To determine if the Google Recorder app can be downloaded from the Play Store, visit the Play Store listing for the app and scroll down to App info. The version number is the first line, and you must ensure that it is at least 4.2.