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Google Chrome Real-Time Closed Captions Now Available on PC and Mac

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Google was test Live Closed Captions for Chrome on desktop since May of last year, when the feature first appeared on Chrome Canary. Now all Chrome PC users can enjoy real-time captioning as long as they install version 89 of the stable version of the browser. As noticed by XDA Developers, the latest version of the browser has a new Accessibility section under Advanced in Preferences that will allow users to enable live captions. Upon activation, they will see the subtitles of all audio and video files they play on their browser in English.

When the tech giant launched Live Captions in 2019, it was initially available for Pixel 4 only. It eventually made its way to other Pixel models before it became available on other mobile devices, such as the Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8. Also, it didn’t work for phone calls at first, only on media that play audio. Almost a year after its release, Google unveiled Live captioning for calls on Pixel devices.

We have successfully tested the feature using videos on YouTube and Facebook and can confirm XDA observation that it will work even if the video is cut. At this point, however, the audio should be in English – it doesn’t recognize any other languages ​​yet. Captions appear in a window at the bottom of the screen, which users can expand or close if they don’t need to.


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