Google working on hands-free chatting feature for the Gboard app

Most of the Android users use Google’s Gboard as their default keyboard mainly because of the features it has on it like the text or emoji suggestions, emoji search, various keyboard themes and such. Google is working to bring a new feature to the most used keyboard app, Gboard very soon.

Last year, in the Google’s IO developer’s conference the company teased the speech transcription feature in their Pixel smartphones. Now the Gboard’s speech transcription is getting an upgrade in the hands-free chatting feature which transcripts the voice to text which is basically an implementation to the speech to text also coming with deeper integration with the google assistant.

This was the most awaited feature by android users since the company showcased the feature in 2019 IO conference. When this feature is officially released by google on the Gboard app, a prompt will appear which says “Tap the mic to chat hands free.” When you tap on the mic button which will be situated on the right, and still stay there with the coming feature, you will get a prompt saying “Speak now to type hands free.”

hands-free chatting feature Gboard

The assistant light pops up at the bottom and catches you as you talk, this is the integration to the assistant, and as you are speaking ,it displays the “Continue Speaking” text. If the Gboard has transcripted correctly then you just have to say “Send it” to send or say “Delete it” to start over. Along with these two, there will be other button which says “Close”, you can either tap on it or just say it.

Unlike before where you used to see a mic option mostly in the google applications to use the speech to text, now you will be able to use the speech to text wherever you will be able to type. This is such a great feature almost every android user will be wanting to have in their keyboard.

You will be able to compose a whole mail totally handsfree, meaning you will be able to speak the subject and then the mail you want to compose. When this feature was showcased in IO 2019 by Google, they showed the composing of a Gmail using this feature.

You can tweet, send a text message on your phone’s messaging app or on Snapchat or Instagram or even WhatsApp. This feature will be rolling out to select users even though there is no official statement by anyone about the releasing of this upgrade.

Venkat

Blogger | Computer Engineer

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