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Google’s Recorder app now lets Pixel users edit audio on the fly

The Recorder app, available on Google’s Pixel phones from the Pixel 2 onward, is getting a couple of improvements via Google’s latest update. In an announcement detailing new features on Google’s recently-launched Pixel 5, the search engine giants explained that they’ve added an editing feature to the app which should make things easier if you plan to share your audio notes.

Recorder also automatically transcripts voice recordings, so these transcripts can now be used to edit the audio file. Basically, highlight a sentence, word, or paragraph within a transcript, and delete it. This edit will then be reflected within the audio file.

Once you’ve finished editing your audio file, you can then generate a video clip with the selected audio to make sharing easier. Plus, important words will be automatically marked by the app, so for long audio recordings, you’ll be able to jump to specific parts of a session quickly.

This new feature should come in handy for those who regularly use the Recorder app for meetings and interviews, and you can also search for specific keywords to delete in a recording. For example, if you’ve mispronounced a specific word (repeatedly) during an interview, you can search for that word, and delete it so that no mention appears during the final audio clip—and save yourself some embarrassment.

This feature will also work offline, just like the live transcription feature. At the moment, the update is available on the Google Pixel 5, but we should be seeing this arriving on other compatible Pixel phones soon. Unfortunately, Google Recorder is an app that is limited to the Pixel series—officially.

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To recap, the Google Pixel 5 is the company’s latest “flagship” smartphone, although it is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 765G under the hood. You’re still getting the largest battery on a Pixel smartphone ever (4,085mAh), along with Android 11 out of the box.

Google’s Pixel series have never been about the best possible specs you can buy—although a mid-range Snapdragon chip is still fairly disappointing. Instead, a large part of the series’ success is owed to its software, with users often preferring the stock Android UI of the Pixel, along with its camera processing capabilities.

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