Google adds speaker tags to transcriptions made by the renowned Recorder for Pixels app

9to5Google says that version 4.2 of the app is now available via the Google Play Store and one of the new features it adds is speaker tags. So what are speaker tags and what do they do? They “automatically detect and label each speaker when recording.” And it’s important to know who said what when you read a transcript. Different speakers will appear in the transcripts as Speaker 1, Speaker 2, Speaker 3, etc. Users will be able to assign a name to each speaker.
Each speaker will also be assigned a different material color and shape. Google adds: “Voice models are temporarily stored on the device until the speaker tagging of your transcript is complete, and then they are removed (usually within a few minutes). The speaker text tags will be saved to your transcript and you can update them.”

It should be noted that Google says that speaker tags won’t work if your phone is too hot (oh oh fellow Pixel 6 Pro users). After upgrading to version 4.2, you’ll see a new button in the right corner of the app’s recorder UI that allows you to quickly turn speaker tags on or off. This can also be managed in “Settings”.

Each time a new speaker speaks, a new line begins in the transcript. And by hitting “Edit Speaker Tags,” you’ll be able to name each speaker, split the transcript for a particular location, and give credit for a passage to an existing speaker. The update also changed the microphone settings, allowing you to choose to record using your phone’s microphone or an external microphone (including a microphone on a Bluetooth accessory).

We want to add that the update is not yet universally available. To see if it can be installed from the Play Store, open the Google Recorder app listing in the Android app store and scroll down to App info. The version number is the top line and remember, you want to see version 4.2 or higher.

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