Facebook has announced that it is rolling out a new feature on its messenger app that will enable users to send a message without even typing a word. What’s more, an incoming voice message can also be converted into text if you don’t want to listen to the message.
In a post on his Facebook page on January 16, David Marcus, Vice-President of Messaging at Facebook, said: “We’re always working on ways to make Messenger more useful. As many of you know, we already offer a feature that enables people to send voice clips to their friends without having to type out text. Today we begin to roll out a small test that helps people read the voice clips they receive instead of having to play them out loud.”
“So, for example, if you’re at a concert or in a meeting, and would prefer to read a voice clip from a friend, you now can if you’re part of the small test we’re rolling out,” it added.
Once the testing is done, Facebook plans to roll out the feature en masse.
Microsoft had launched a similar project recently which enables two users speaking Spanish and English communicate with each other on Skype.
Microsoft’s Skype translator gives a user the ability to speak another language without learning one. The software will be able to recognize the voice from the first user, translate it into a predetermined language set by the second user. An on-screen transcript of your call is also displayed.