Samsung’s Galaxy S20 setup is the first non-pixel phone with the Live Caption feature from Google, which transcribes and subtitles videos in real time with excellent accuracy, even when the volume is lowered. Live Caption debuted on Android 10 with the Pixel 4 and Google positions it as a useful tool among the accessibility features of Android. It has since come on older Pixel devices, but Samsung is the first outside of Google to offer it.
Live Caption works entirely on the device, which means that your subtitles are never sent to the servers of Google or shared with the company. However, it cannot be used for music, telephone calls or voice-over IP calls. And app developers can choose not to share the audio from their software with the system; in cases where they do, Live Caption does not work properly.
Live Caption is not the only way that Samsung and Google have deepened their collaboration with the Galaxy S20. Google Duo, the video chat app, also gets a prominent placement on the new phones and is integrated directly into the voter. The video quality of Duo is up to 720p, but Google says the S20 is the first phone to make 1080p video calls. Samsung says that this is made possible by 5G, as is the ability to upload 8K videos from your Galaxy S20 directly to YouTube via a 5G mobile network connection.
Unfortunately, no mention was made of the Recorder app from Pixel on the latest phones from Samsung. Because it uses the same transcription engine on the device as Live Caption, this would be nice to see. But Recorder will remain exclusive to Pixel for the time being.