Google has announced two new features that will make life easier for people with hearing disabilities when they use their device with Android operating system from now on.
These are two new accessibility tools that are already available for Android 9 Pie, the latest version of the company’s operating system, and also for Pixel 3 phones, where they will come pre-installed by default.
“Google has launched two new functions designed for people with hearing disabilities.”
The first one is a function that transcribes any conversation directly, as it is produced, and expresses it in writing on the screen of the mobile phone. Live Translate – as this function is called – is extremely useful, is already available in the testing phase for 70 languages and even allows users to write their response if they wish and read it out loud.
The other tool is Sound Amplifier, a fully adjustable sound amplifier that allows users to choose to increase the volume of certain sounds and decrease the volume of others. For example, it allows the sound of conversations to be raised while the ambient music decreases, which helps people with hearing identify the sounds that are most important to them at that moment and, for example, obviate the sounds of background.
To use this function it is necessary to use headphones. Google had already announced this tool in its last developer conference last May, but until today has not begun to launch officially. It can now be downloaded from the Google Play Store to be installed on Android devices, within the accessibility menu.
You can learn more about how Live Translate works in this video that Google has made public: