Clubhouse adds closed captioning to its iPhone app
The popular Clubhouse real-time voice app has acquired a significant new accessibility feature with the addition of closed captions. When the feature is enabled, people will see text appear on the screen while people in the room speak.
The feature, which was announced via Twitter, is said to support multiple languages, but should still be considered a beta offering thanks to the difficulties involved. At the time of writing, English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Turkish are all supported.
One user reported on Twitter that the live Spanish captioning worked in one room, but in another, the Spanish speech was transcribed into English gibberish. A Clubhouse engineer responded that this means language detection may not have worked, so it looks like the app is still learning to distinguish languages ââother than English in beta.
Having grown extremely rapidly in the first few months of the pandemic, Clubhouse’s popularity appears to have waned since the arrival of competition from Twitter and Spotify, although it’s fair to say it’s still one of the best. iPhone apps to talk to people in virtual rooms while limiting who can be heard.
Clubhouse also continues to add new features and refine old ones as time goes on, ensuring that it doesn’t get left behind when bigger players enter the fray.