Subtitles on Twitter

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Subtitles on Twitter
Subtitles on Twitter

Subtitles on Twitter are now a reality. The equivalent of the voice notes on WhatsApp came as a surprise to Twitter and only to a few users, which generated some confusion. No doubt this feature will have consequences in the social network that we will see in the next days.

But there is a problem, and that is the issue of disability. There are disabled people who for various reasons cannot hear audios or are not able to understand them correctly. For this reason, some users have already talked about a subtitle function that Twitter should incorporate, at least in the accessibility section.

But no, this function does not exist yet. However, there is a way to put subtitles on Twitter thanks to Android 10 and its automatic subtitle function. A function that is not in all Android and that has a different activation on each smartphone, but that can be tremendously useful for many.

However, the function we talk about in this article, allows you to put some automatic subtitles that will appear on screen with every video (or audio) we watch (or hear) via Twitter. This was one of the great improvements of Android 10, and it promised to be a huge help for disabled people who could not listen to footage of this kind.

The subtitles function of Android 10 work perfectly with Twitter audios. We simply activate them and the subtitles will appear, giving us the possibility to “read” the Twitter video or audio in front of us. However, there are some problems: not everyone can access these subtitles.

Subtitles on Twitter… but limited

Live Caption
Live Caption

Ironically, subtitles are not available to everyone. Yes, this is strange because it is still an accessibility feature (and, again, one of the big stars of Android 10). But the feature is not only limited in terms of language, since for now it is only available in English; it is also limited in terms of smartphones.

For now, only Pixel smartphones and Samsung Galaxy S20s have access to Live Caption. If you do not have a Google Pixel or S20, we are sorry to say that you will not be able to activate subtitles. It’s true that Google once announced that closed captioning would be available on virtually all Android devices today, but there’s no exact date yet.

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However, the fact that this measure is becoming popular in territories such as the United States may set the ideal precedent for Twitter and give it the excuse to add subtitles to videos broadcast on that social network. Yes, they could be flawed and inaccurate, but they would still be subtitles that many of us would greatly appreciate.

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