Facebook has just begun testing a new voice transcription feature in its Messenger app. In addition, it has just announced that it has acquired a boutique design firm.
As announced by David Marcus, head of Facebooks Messenger team, a new in-development feature allows users of the Facebook Messenger app to read transcripts of voice messages instead of listening to them. So, for example, if youre at a concert or in a meeting, and would prefer to read a voice clip from a friend, Marcus notes, you now can if you’re part of the small test we’re rolling out.
The feature begins rolling out to a small number users of Facebook Messenger today ahead of its official launch in the near future.
Facebook Messenger has offered the ability to send receive voice messages since a couple of years ago. But its only now that the app is set to gain voice message transcriptions la Google Voice, perhaps as a result of Facebooks recent acquisition of the voice recognition startup Wit.ai.
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In other news, Facebook has announced that it has acquired the design agency Teehan+Lax, which has previously worked with the social networking giant in relaunching the ad targeting service Atlas.