Google Recorder officially arrives at Pixel 2, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a

Yolanda Curtis
December 7, 2019

A Pixel 2 issue, where users reported hearing a faint "buzzing sound" when the device was placed near their ears during a phone call, is finally being fixed.

One of my favorite additions to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL has been Google's new Recorder app, which taps into Google's software smarts to offer live, real-time transcription of your recordings.

The tool can record any type of audio from any app - it's not restricted to live speech - and, because it's completely on the device, it can transcribe content into text without Wi-Fi or a data connection. Last month Google announced that it will now pay up to $1.5 million if anyone is able to hack Pixel smartphones.In a blog post, the company announced, "Today, we're expanding the program and increasing reward amounts".

Live Captions now only support English, but Google plans to add more languages in the future and it's also working with Android device manufacturers for wider availability of Live Captions.

There was one small quirk, though: the Recorder app was exclusive to the Pixel 4 line only, and that disappointed users of older Pixel devices. Background noise can also affect the accuracy of what Recorder transcribes, and the feature only works with English at present.

If you have a Pixel 2 or later, you should head to Google Play right now and download Recorder. So having a Google-powered app that is free is a plus point for the Recorder app. No word on when it will arrive on non-pixel devices, but if you're desperate, you can always sideload the APK. Of course, it's also possible Google may extend Google Recorder support to other Android devices in the future, but that's just speculation.

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