Google transcriptions have made everyone’s lives easier for a long time now and, with YouTube videos now spanning over the 10-minute mark more often than not, with some going all the way up to a few hours, getting transcriptions on mobile was a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.
The company introduced the transcription feature to desktop a long time ago, and it made it very easy to pick a certain part of the video you were after, or save your favorite quotes just by searching through the transcript.
Now, at long last, the feature is coming to Android, without a lot of changes – on desktop, all you had to do was click on the ‘Show Transcript’ button set up below the video to see it and now it looks like this easy to use interface has been adapted to the smaller screens of smartphones.
You can still scroll through the script on your phone just like before and can easily skip to any time stamp by reading through the transcript lines. You can’t search directly through the lines however, so this version might not prove to be as popular as the desktop one.
However, the actual downside so far is that this update is currently coming via a server-side update, which means that not everyone will get it at the same time and that there might be some waiting time before you’ll be able to use it.