Clubhouse is making its social network more accessible with a major update to its iOS app that finally enables live captioning for audio rooms.
It’s an important accessibility feature for an app based entirely on live audio, as Clubhouse has until now been completely unusable for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
subtitles are here for iOS! update your app now to see it in action in live rooms.
here’s a lil’ for example, in case you need to be convinced… pic.twitter.com/v2poAjE2Pl
— Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) November 17, 2021
Clubhouse announced the update on its official Twitter account, telling TechCrunch that it is rolling out with support for 13 languages, including English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Russian , and Turkish.
However, this is just the beginning as Clubhouse plans to support even more languages in future updates. It’s also worth noting that the feature is currently in beta, so it may not work quite as expected yet.
Since a clubhouse room can have multiple people speaking different languages, the live transcription feature must rely on automatic language detection. According to some reports on Twitter, this may not yet work as well as it should, especially if you’re jumping between rooms.
When Clubhouse launched earlier this year, it quickly cemented its place as one of the most popular new social media apps in recent years, thanks to its unique audio-based approach. It didn’t take long for other social networks to put their own spin on the idea. Some, like Twitter Spaces, have been able to add live transcription faster.
Nevertheless, Clubhouse has recently added other features to keep it in the game. An update to the iPhone app in the summer embraced Apple’s new Spatial Audio feature, and last month added a new Music mode to help improve sound for budding musicians performing their jams on the social network.
Clubhouse fans with an iPhone can now access the live captioning feature by updating to the latest version of the Clubhouse app. There’s no word yet on when it’ll come to Android, but the company says it’s working on it, so hopefully it should arrive sooner rather than later.