Android Q’s speech recognition goals to guard your privateness too


A Google presenter describes the new Android feature that captions videos in real time.

A Google presenter describes the brand new Android characteristic that captions movies in actual time.


Google unveiled new Android Q options Tuesday that it says can caption residence movies in actual time, with no web connection wanted. It is doable as a result of Google’s speech recognition software program requires much less processing energy, so it could actually run in your cellphone or pill, Google stated.

That comes with an added privateness profit. As a substitute of streaming audio out of your gadget to Google’s cloud servers, the content material of your conversations stays in your gadget.

“No audio stream ever leaves it,” Google’s Stephanie Cuthbertson stated on the Google I/O developer convention Tuesday. “That protects person privateness.”

Meaning Google’s machine studying software program is getting extra environment friendly, and one profit for customers is elevated privateness. It is a notable advance as main tech corporations come below scrutiny for the way a lot of our conversations they report and retailer on their very own servers, and as Google itself is consolidating extra information about customers with its sensible residence merchandise.

Machine studying software program is often useful resource intensive. That is as a result of it has to research massive quantities of knowledge, like audio streams or language patterns in texts or emails, and reply instantly with issues like captions, audio responses or instructed replies to emails — all issues Android units can do.

The on-device machine studying is feasible due to a “big breakthrough in speech recognition” Google made earlier this yr, Cuthbertson stated. It applies to all of Google’s real-time captions, together with for video you watch in apps or in an internet browser. That lowered the processing energy wanted to run the software program sufficient that Android might run it in your cellphone with out rapidly draining your battery.


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