Tensor brings major improvements to dictation, live captions and more on the Pixel 6


Google’s new SoC is better than ever at speech recognition


Google’s latest Pixel phones are the first to be powered by its SoC Tensor. There’s still a lot to learn about both devices, especially when it comes to performance and battery life, but what we do know is pretty impressive. While Google has kept the basics of its new chip a mystery for now, it has shown a few new tricks possible thanks to Tensor, including improved speech recognition.


According to today’s Twitter thread highlighting some of the best aspects of these new pixels, this new SoC improves voice commands, translation, captioning and dictation. Not only could this make Google’s latest phones some of the most accessible devices available today, it could speed up the tools you use every day to communicate. Simple commands, like translating a conversation while on vacation or setting reminders with Assistant, could be significantly improved with this chip.

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In its grip of the device, The edge got to see some of these improvements in action. In a demo, the Pixel 6 displayed its automatic captions on the device faster and more accurately, even offering real-time translations from a video. In another, speech recognition was near instantaneous, with Google vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh able to simultaneously dictate sentences while editing specific words with the keyboard.


While these improvements may seem minor, speeding up speech recognition – especially without an internet connection – is a big deal. It’s easy to see a world where Tensor’s faster responses also improve spaces like your car, making texting and hands-free calling better than ever through Android Auto. It’s all speculation right now, but hopefully we don’t have to wait long to learn more about the Pixel 6’s new chipset.


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