Google today launched new accessibility features for Android phones, building upon existing capabilities announced last year. These are built for users with cognitive and hearing disabilities.
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Google began testing the Transcribe feature in Google Translate back in January. The feature is now rolling out to all Android users. It supports eight languages and transcribes audio in real-time.
Google is reportedly working on a captioning feature for Duo. The feature was spotted in the app's code. The audio will supposedly be sent to Google for transcription as opposed to being on-device.
Live Transcribe, an app that translates spoken words in real-time, will receive an update that enables real-time sound event recognition. This includes sounds like dog barks or the doorbell.
Google has announced some new accessibility features at Google I/O, mostly aimed at those with hearing or speech disabilities. Live Caption and Live Relay make it easier to communicate with text.