Google boosts accessibility for Android users with hearing impairment.

Today Google announced the release of two new apps for Android designed to help deaf and hard-of-hearing people: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. They write, “We believe in the power of technology to help break down barriers and make life a little easier for everyone”.

Hear, hear!

Live Transcribe

This innovation uses Google’s speech recognition technology and your Android device’s microphone to turn speech into captions that display on your phone – in real time! Gone is the need for hiring a human captioner. Live Transcribe is available in over 70 languages.

Sound Amplifier

This one does what you’d think it does – it increases quiet sounds without over-boosting loud sounds. All you need is a Android 9 Pie or later phone, and a wired headphone. Google says this hearing amplifier allows you to customise sound settings and apply noise reduction to minimize distracting background noise with simple sliders and toggles.

It’s wonderful to see that Android and Apple are making strong strides towards making devices accessible, you can read more on Google’s blog.

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