Due to the role that the transcript will have, this feature will need to accept additional permissions, which explains that “the conversation data of this’app’ will be sent to Apple for processing.”
Madrid. (Portaltic/EP)-WhatsApp is investigating the possibility of transcribing vocal messages. This feature is currently only available through third-party apps, but it will be included in an upcoming update to the iOS instant messaging service.
According to the WABetaInfo portal voice message transcription will be an optional feature. They ensure that messages will not pass through Facebook’s servers, but will help improve the company’s voice recognition technology.
Because of the importance of the transcript in Apple’s technology, this feature requires additional permission. This means that “the conversation data for this ‘app’ will be sent directly to Apple for processing”.
The user will be able to find a new section for transcription if they accept the request. This section is also saved locally, so that they can read it later on or as often as necessary without repeating the process.
This portal stated that no information is available about the Android launch of this feature. Third-party applications have been used by users who wish to send written voice messages.