Google introduces features in Android for visually-impaired people

Google introduces features in Android for visually-impaired people


Lookout app can find the lost things in several places

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(Web Desk) - Google has unveiled a suite of new accessibility features across its software, aimed at empowering users with disabilities and making technology more inclusive.

These enhancements include upgrades to Android's Lookout tool, expansions to the Look to Speak app, and improvements to Google Maps accessibility options.

A significant upgrade to Android's Lookout tool stands out among the announcements. This tool, designed to assist individuals who are blind or have low vision, now boasts advanced AI capabilities.

Users can now search for specific objects within seven categories, such as seating and bathrooms, with Lookout providing real-time directional guidance as users navigate their surroundings.

Android's Look to Speak app, which enables communication through eye-controlled prewritten phrases, introduces a new text-free mode.

This feature aims to enhance accessibility for individuals with cognitive differences, literacy challenges, and language barriers, expanding the app's usability and inclusivity.

Expanding accessibility beyond smartphones, Project Gameface, previously available for PCs, is now accessible on Android devices.

This project enables users to control a computer cursor using head movements and facial gestures, offering greater flexibility and accessibility in computing.

Google Maps also receives accessibility updates, with businesses now able to designate support for Auracast-enabled Bluetooth devices.

This feature allows users to receive audio from broadcast devices at various venues, enhancing navigation experiences for individuals with hearing impairments.

Detailed voice guidance for walking directions in Google Maps is now available globally on Android and iOS in all supported languages.

Google has also revamped its sound notifications system, based on user feedback, to better alert individuals to important sounds like fire alarms.

Improvements include a redesigned onboarding process, enhanced sound event browsing, and the ability to save custom sounds, enhancing accessibility for users with hearing impairments.