Gboard Working On “Hands-Free” Voice Typing Feature

At Google IO developer’s conference held last year, the tech giant displayed speech transcription on Pixel work on-devices and in real-time. This version of the Gboard app is now being upgraded by adding a “hands-free” voice typing feature which is more helpful than speech-to-text and includes a more extensive “Google Assistant integration” as reported by 9to5Google.

When the new feature is launched, the users will be able to tap the mic to chat hands-free. The microphone in the Gboard app is reported to stay in the same position on the right but with the addition of a new interface which will display a note saying “Speak now to type hands-free.”

Three options will be exhibited at the top – Close, Delete and Send. The user will be able to either tap these options or just start speaking. While talking, the Assistant light bar will be visible at the bottom and the graphic above which will present feedback as ‘Continue speaking.’

When Google demonstrated it at IO 2019, it was applied to design an email in the Gmail app. It was equipped to catch the text entry including the subject line while staying in the body of the email and the ‘Send it’ command allowed transmitting the message without even touching the screen.
According to the APK breakdown by the news website, it seems like the feature is incorporated to Google’s Gboard but there isn’t any sign of it rolling out for public tests.

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