Google has begun rolling out a new feature for its messaging app Duo whereby users will find it easier to figure out audio and voice messages even if they are in noisy surroundings. In a tweet, Google revealed that users can now find live captions for messages sent on the app.

Real-time transcription is still not possible, but is not ruled out for future versions. In its present avatar, the app can be especially useful for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

According to the tech website Android Police, Google has been working on the feature since February. It quotes Jane Manchun Wong, a Hong Kong-based tech expert, who discovered a toggle bar in the Message Settings marked "Captions for messages."

In a noisy place? No problem. Captions are now available on Google Duo, so you won't miss a word of your video and... https://t.co/Ro8FInrW3p— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) 1597867316000
If the toggle is switched on, the device will send audio content generated during the meeting to Google for transcription. The company said it will not be storing the data. If activated, captions will be displayed above the call button at the bottom of the screen.

Google further added that this feature does not employ the same technology as Live Captions, which provides subtitles for all media that plays audio on select devices in Google's Pixel range of smartphones. The "Captions for messages' feature will, however, work on non-Pixel Android phones, as well as those running iOS.