Google Rolls Out New Accessibility Features to Android


INTRO: Today Google is bringing out its new accessibility features for all Android users. The company is launching Action Blocks which allow users to create big buttons for actions. There are also other improvements to Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier, and other accessibility-related upgrades for the android users.

Action Blocks

Firstly, The Action Blocks is Google’s attempt at making it easier for people who have cognitive disabilities to perform common tasks on their phones. With the help of Action Blocks, a user can create a big, customizable button for any action that the Google Assistant can do. That means you can create buttons for calling your friends and family, taking a selfie, playing music, and much more.

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Action Blocks (download) is available as a separate app on the Play Store separately, and it works on all Android devices running Android 5.0 and above also.

Live Transcribe

Secondly, Google is also rolling out improvements to the Live Transcribe feature. With this update, the app now has the following additional features in it:

  • Your phone can now vibrate when someone says your name.
  • You can add custom names for the places and objects.
  • There is a new search bar that can search through past transcriptions. Users will have to turn on “Saving Transcriptions” in Settings to use this feature.
  • Live Transcribe now also supports Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek.

The Live Transcribe app (download) is available to all devices running Android 5.0 and above and can be downloaded from the play store.

Sound Amplifier

Google Sound Amplifier app is also getting a major update today only along with the other two updates. The app now has Bluetooth support. So, users can now connect their headphones to their phone, and keep the phone near the source of audio — a TV, for example. Sound Amplifier will then amplify the sound of the TV directly to your headphones.

Doesn’t all of this sound pretty good? The apps are available for download on the Play Store for the devices. And for the devices running Android 6.0 and above. You can download it here.


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