Google’s Live Caption tool is not only an important accessibility feature, but it’s also useful in noisy environments like a bar or a subway station.
With today’s launch of the Pixel 4a, though, Google is unveiling Live Caption for Calls and it’ll be available on the Pixel 2, 3, 3a, 4 and 4a.
Part of the reason it was tricky to enable Live Caption for Calls is that the subtitles that appear on the screen can be screenshotted, which can be similar to recording a conversation.
Live Caption is an important feature that sets Google’s phones apart by making it easier for those who are deaf or hard of hearing to interact with content.
Google’s way around this is to alert people when Live Caption is being used on a call, saying “Hi, the person you’re about to speak with has call captions turned on.
It’s available on Pixel phones and computers through the Chrome browser, and will provide onscreen subtitles for any media that plays audio on your device.
If the company sticks to what it’s done in the past, it’s likely that the tool will roll out to other Android phones eventually, which is a good step towards improving accessibility overall.