Last year at Google I/O 2019 event, Google revealed its next-generation Google Assistant for the Pixel phones with hand-free speech transcription in real-time. However, the hand-free speech transcription is now reportedly coming to Gboard.
According to 9to5Google, Gboard will ask you to “Click the microphone to talk hands-free” when the feature rolls out. The microphone icon is still on the right, but it opens a new interface that is overlaid on top of the keyboard.
Moreover, Users are invited to “Speak now to type hands free.” There are three buttons upstairs that you can tap or just talk to — note the quotes: close, delete, and send.
At the time of using the feature, Google Assistant’s light bar will appear at the bottom of the screen to indicate entry, and the graphic above provides feedback like ” Continue speaking.” The new feature is actually more than speech-to-text and is entirely a “hands-free” input method for all apps.
This new feature is limited to the new Google Assistant. In fact, at Google I/O 2019 event, the company demonstrates the functionality by composing an email on the Gmail app.
For now, the Gboard’s hand-free typing feature is yet to be initiated, although there is no suggestion that it will enter public testing. However, it will be interesting if the company also adds this feature for the non-Pixel phones.