A new commit on the Chromium Gerrit seems to suggest that Google Chrome might see the Live Caption feature to makes its way to computers. It is believed that the feature will automatically provide real-time captions for audio playing on the browser. The feature was initially introduced as a Pixel 4 exclusive, is under development and we may soon get to see it on the Google Chrome browser. The feature is a part of the Speech on-Device API (SODA) and is expected to be available on Chrome Canary before being rolled out to the stable channel later. As of now, Live Caption is only available for the English language on the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 devices running Android 10.
According to the code carried out on Chromium Gerrit, it looks like that developers at Google are planning to bring the Live Caption feature to the Chrome browser. Looking at this code, this commit is for Speech On-Device API (SODA) service, and it contains all of the necessary components to launch the service, though it is still in its early stages of development. The description says, “This CL creates a sandboxed service that hosts the Speech On-Device API (SODA). It contains the components required to launch the service from the renderer process, but the implementation of the service itself is stubbed out. The design document for the feature is located at go/chrome-live-captions.
The commits were first spotted by Chrome Unboxed. It seems to appear Live Captions is making its way to the desktop through the Chrome browser. The feature, as you can tell from its name, allows a device or a media player software to display real-time captions for any audio content, including music, videos, and podcasts, irrespective of whether the content itself supports the feature natively. But, then again Google on its part hasn’t confirmed anything officially, but it’s unlikely to happen any time soon, given that it is still in the very early stages of its development.