December is apparently the month in which Google presents older pixel phones. This week, non-Pixel 4 models will receive things that were previously reserved for the latest pixels. It's a new entry to the new Google App Recorder and Live Caption . Get ready for new toys!
For the app Google Recorder this is the app that Google has used for the launch of Pixel 4 for the first time with great applause. It's a voice recorder that not only records what you say, but records everything you say in real time. These transcribed recordings will then be searchable with the text. Of course, you can share everything you've recorded in the app. It's pretty fast, although I've never used it before (🙃).
It looks like Pixel 3 and 3a are definitely supported now, but Pixel 2 should have access as well. Please confirm in these comments if you do not mind.
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With Live Caption the Pixel 4 first introduced this little service that lets you watch any video that on your phone, record and display on your screen. It's great for people with hearing disabilities, but it's also great if you're in a quiet environment and still want to watch a video.
In my tests, the captions are not always 100% accurate and sometimes fall back slightly. Still, it's better than not having it, and I can tell you that I use it regularly on my Pixel 4.
You probably need to be on the latest Android patch in December to get this on your Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. If you've enabled this build, go to your phone's settings and search for "Live Caption." You can also find it by tapping the "Sound" section under "Settings".