In August, Gboard was seen testing hands-free voice typing on Pixel phones. According to a new report from 9to5Google, the software giant appears to be rolling out the feature now.
The new “enhanced voice typing” harnesses the power of the next generation Google Assistant. In case you’re out of the loop, the Next Gen Assistant is still limited to the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 series. If you own one of these phones, you can enable the feature from the ‘Voice typing’ section. from the Gboard settings. Google will also ask you to test the feature through a new banner.
Thanks to the Google Assistant, you can use voice commands to control the entire voice typing experience. For example, you can simply say “Clear” to remove the content and start over. Similarly, you can speak “Send” to send the message.
Once enabled, you will see a “Speak now to dictate” message in the word prediction space on the keyboard. As detailed in August, the Google Assistant light bar will appear to provide visual feedback. You can also choose to enable the automatic punctuation button to allow the keyboard to add punctuation automatically as you dictate.
According to this report, this feature is currently limited to the beta version of Gboard. Also, there seems to be a version-bound server-side component, which means it doesn’t necessarily have the feature even with Gboard beta. If you have a Pixel phone with Next Generation Assistant, you can try your luck by signing up for the Gboard beta program.
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