With These Changes, Google is Making Android and Google Maps More Accessible - Latest Global News

With These Changes, Google is Making Android and Google Maps More Accessible

What you need to know

  • Google announced new accessibility features for Android and other services on Thursday, May 16, as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
  • There are eight new features in total, spanning Android, Google Maps, Lookout and more.
  • In particular, Google Maps is becoming easier to use for people with disabilities as the app’s Lens feature now has screen reader capabilities.

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Google is announcing some new features aimed at making its products and services more accessible to everyone. There are eight in total, and these new accessibility features come on the heels of Google I/O 2024, the company’s annual developer conference. At this event, Google announced that it will use Gemini AI to improve TalkBack on Android. Now we know more about how Google will improve the accessibility of some of its other services like Google Maps and Lookout.

The first is called “Search Mode” and is a new feature added to Lookout. For those unfamiliar, Lookout is an Android feature that helps people with low vision or blindness use their phone’s camera to learn more about the world around them. Now in beta today, Search Mode allows users to search for specific objects or locations through Lookout. Users can select one of seven categories of locations, such as: B. Toilets, and get information about their direction and distance to the location.

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Google is also adding a new option to Look to Speak, a feature that allows users to trigger pre-written sentences that are spoken aloud using their eyes. Now there is an alternative to text as you can choose emojis to communicate. The company says it aims to make Look to Speak more accessible to people with different languages, literacy difficulties and cognitive differences.

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