11 October 2019
When Google announced various Android Q features at Google I/O 2019, Live Caption turned out to be one of the most interesting and fascinating features. It is a feature that will offer real-time subtitles for the video currently being played and that too without requiring an active internet connection. This feature is yet to become available and is expected to arrive with the upcoming Pixel 4 and now thanks to XDA folks, we have an early look at how exactly it would work in real life.
To get started with Live Caption, there are three settings that you will be able to personalize as per your needs or preference. The first option is about choosing the subtitles language which is currently limited to English. Next, you can choose whether to censor curse words with asterisks which is what you find for subtitles on TV. Lastly, you can choose to have a quick toggle for Live Caption within the volume panel.
The feature worked as expected during the XDA testing which included video streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. It will be beneficial in situations where you can't listen to the audio for any reason like you do not have your headphones nearby. It will also be helpful for people suffering from hearing-related disabilities.
Here is a video demonstrating the Live Caption feature working on a Pixel 2:
Since XDA folks were able to make it work on Pixel 2, it is safe to assume that Google will release it for smartphones other than the Pixel 4. It is most likely to expanded to other high-end devices first considering the level of processing and storage space it requires to work. The exact details regarding supported devices are currently unknown but we can expect more information at the Pixel 4 launch on October 15th.