Update 1 (November 13, 2023)

12:56 pm (IST): By glancing at some recent reports, it appears that this issue is still affecting a subset of users. According to them, the only feasible way to consistently use voice messaging on Gboard is to wait for a few seconds after saying the first word. After waiting, one can narrate the remaining sentence normally.

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The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro series of smartphones have been available since October. Among their many improvements, these devices brought a set of interesting and useful novelties.

One of the most striking additions is the precision and speed of speech-to-text transcription. This is possible thanks to the AI capabilities of the Google Tensor chipset.

But, it seems that the voice messaging feature on Gboard is not working correctly for some users of those devices.

Multiple reports (1, 2) indicate that, while trying to use the ‘text to voice’ transcription function in GBoard, the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are often duplicating the text, which is pretty annoying.

Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are duplicating text while using Gboard voice messaging

According to multiple reports, for some Android 12 users, there is a text duplication issue when using the aforementioned feature.

Voice dictation seems worse with Android 12.

Sometimes when I say “period” the whole sentence is deleted. Sometimes it duplicates the last word of a sentence, and the auto punctuation is just terrible. Wish I could turn off the new auto punctuation.

Also if I say “quote”, it types the word, but if I say “unquote”, it types the ” itself? WTF.

However, the vast majority of reports on mobile devices duplicating text while using voice messaging on Gboard come from Google Pixel 6 phone users.

I have a Google 6 pro and when I use voice to text on the keyboard, it always types double. After I use voice to text and hit send, if I don’t tap the microphone button again to turn it off and then again to turn it on, it will repeat everything that I sent previously along with the new voice to text wording…

The Pixel 6 Pro is double texting if speaking your message. In otherwise, after the tapping the Mic in Google Messages while speaking your text, it’s writes in the same message twice. Happens in Facebook as well. Maybe the Google keyboard app? Mic software issue? Voice text issue?

On the Pixel Superfan page, others shared they had the same issues.

Therefore, the problem is likely related to those smartphones. However, we will have to wait for Android 12 to be extended to more models of other brands to confirm it definitively.

No official word from Google at the moment

At the moment, there is no official statement from Google relating to this bug. This draws attention considering that there are reports since November.

There also doesn’t seem to be a workaround to help mitigate the annoying bug. So, the affected users can only wait for reports to reach Google developers as quickly as possible.

If any new related developments arise, we will update this article with relevant information. Finally, you can also check the bugs/issues tracker dedicated to the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

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