Google aims to make audio more accessible with two new Android apps

Google aims to make audio more accessible with two new Android apps”

Sound Amplifier is similarly available on Pixel 3 devices, though anyone with an Android device running 9.0 Pie can download it from the Play Store as well. Furthermore, these apps will be coming pre-installed on Googles Pixel 3 devices and users can signup (from the Android blog post) to get notified when it is available widely. "Through his work, Dimitri - who has been deaf since early childhood - has helped shape the accessibility technologies he relies on". One such technology, called CART, features a captioner virtually join a meeting to listen and transcribe spoken dialogue. But if you enable Live Transcribe in Android's accessibility settings, the button will become a toggle to turn the transcription tool on and off. The app uses a phone's microphones to listen to and transcribe speech in real-time.

The first of these apps is Live Transcribe.

One of the researchers who worked on and helped test Live Transcribe was Dimitri Kanevsky, a Google employee who has almost 300 USA patents, invented the world's first Internet transcription services for deaf users, and also created the first voice recognition system in Russian.

Google partnered with Gallaudet University, a university for deaf and hard-of-hearing people based in Washington, to develop Live Transcribe.

Google has announced that it's bringing Android users two new apps, Sound Amplifier and Live Transcribe, which are created to "make life a little easier" for those with hearing loss. However, Live Transcribe is now being rolled out only to limited beta users, and Sound Amplifier can only be used on devices that have Android Pie or later software installed. Live Transcribe will gradually roll out in a limited test to users worldwide. A cybersecurity firm named Trend Micro has uncovered a staggering 29 "beauty camera" and camera filter apps in the Google Play Store loaded with malware inside.

"With both Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, our goal is to help the hundreds of millions of people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate more clearly", Google said.

You can sign-up for the beta here. Meanwhile, Sound Amplifier, which requires headphones, lets users amplify the volume of what they want to hear and reduce background noise. Also note that if you use a version of Android where its navigation buttons can be hidden in favor of gestures, then this accessibility menu will not appear.

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