Not everyone has the bandwidth (or wants) to take phone calls. Spam numbers are running rampant, sitting through elevator music for the next available representative is never fun, and more often than not, a text message gets the job done.
That's why Live Voicemail, an iOS 17 feature that transcribes what a caller on the other end is saying without you needing to pick up the phone, drew "oohs" and "ahs" at WWDC in June.
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But if you're on a Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy, there exists Call Screen and Bixby Text Call, respectively. Both Android features allow you to screen incoming calls, transcribe messages in real time, respond via text-to-speech, and switch back to a voice call when you're ready to pick up the phone.
To enable Call Screen, open the Phone app > tap on the More icon (three dots) > Settings > Call Screen > and toggle the feature on. To enable Bixby Text Call, open the Phone app > tap on the More icon > Settings > Bixby Text Call > and toggle it on. The next time you receive a phone call, your phone should give you the option to use the call-screening feature.
There are some other unique aspects to the two like the ability to automatically block spam calls in Call Screen and being able to replicate your voice via AI in Bixby Text Call.