04 February 2020
Google has quietly updated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones with Live Caption support. It is the feature that made its debut with the Pixel 4 lineup and was added to the Pixel 3 series later last year. It is an AI-powered feature that adds real-time captions to any kind of video content playing on the supported smartphone.
Pixel 2 series users can now use the Live Caption feature if they have installed the latest software update. It is an over the air software update which means users will receive an update notification. One can also check for the update manually by visiting phone settings. After the update, they will find a new setting called Live Caption in the settings menu.
The first sub-setting is obviously to enable or disable Live Caption functionality. If enabled, users can personalize it using various other settings. These include the ability to hide profanity with an asterisk symbol, show sound labels, and show Live Caption in the volume control menu. It should be noted that the feature currently works only with English audio but Google has plans to extend it to other languages.
The update means that all Pixel series smartphones excluding the original Pixel and Pixel XL are compatible with Live Caption. It is hard to say when and if we will get to see the feature on non-Pixel smartphones. If Google reveals any such plans, we will bring all the details for you.