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Tip: Google Assistant Smart Displays have accessibility settings for color inversion, captions, TalkBack, and more

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Whether your already bought the Lenovo Smart Display or JBL Link View, or you're thinking about getting Google's rumored Home Hub, you may be wondering whether that gadget — like many others in your life — offers any accessibility settings for people with disabilities. The answer is yes.

To get to the accessibility settings of your Smart Display, you need to head over to the Google Home app, tap the Devices icon on the top right, and scroll to find your display.

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Tip: Google Assistant Smart Displays have accessibility settings for color inversion, captions, TalkBack, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Official] Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Though the smartphone market is relatively mature (some might even say stagnant), there's been a notable lack of progress on accessibility. The simple fact is that not everyone can easily manipulate a smartphone or tablet's touchscreen, and there aren't a lot of cheap or free ways to make it easier.

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[Update: Official] Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Though the smartphone market is relatively mature (some might even say stagnant), there's been a notable lack of progress on accessibility. The simple fact is that not everyone can easily manipulate a smartphone or tablet's touchscreen, and there aren't a lot of cheap or free ways to make it easier. That's no doubt why, even in a low-profile beta, Google's voice command navigation app Voice Access climbed to more than a million downloads on the Play Store over the past two years.

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Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android

Friday, August 17th, 2018

In partnership with Danish firm GN Hearing, Google is currently developing a protocol to enable native hearing aid support in Android. The open specification will allow users with hearing impairments to connect their aids to their phone for a better user experience.

With 466 million affected by hearing loss globally, it could even be said that this is overdue. The open specification is called 'Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels' and is designed to offer low-latency performance with the lowest possible impact on battery life of both the phone and the aid.

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Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android

Friday, August 17th, 2018

In partnership with Danish firm GN Hearing, Google is currently developing a protocol to enable native hearing aid support in Android. The open specification will allow users with hearing impairments to connect their aids to their phone for a better user experience.

With 466 million affected by hearing loss globally, it could even be said that this is overdue. The open specification is called 'Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels' and is designed to offer low-latency performance with the lowest possible impact on battery life of both the phone and the aid.

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Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P’s Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

At I/O, Google announced a set of new accessibility features for Android P, one of which was a new Accessibility Menu for motor-impaired users. It makes it easier to perform nine actions that would otherwise require precise gestures or hardware button presses. We looked for the menu in Android P DP2, which rolled out at I/O, but didn't find it then. Now, it's there, but it turns out it was likely implemented in DP3, but we didn't spot it until DP4 showed up yesterday.

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Android P's Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

For smartphone users who are blind or visually impaired, Google TalkBack is a vital tool that facilitates eyes-free operation of any Android device. TalkBack is just one aspect of the app, however, and that's probably why Google has renamed it Android Accessibility Suite.

As well as TalkBack, which offers enhanced aural and vibration feedback, the suite also comprises Switch Access, for controlling your phone without using the touchscreen, and Select to Speak, which reads anything on the screen aloud with a tap.

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Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Text-to-Speech adds Canadian French, Javanese, and Sudanese [APK Download]

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Google's Text-to-Speech app is what lets the devices it runs on read text out loud to their users. The functionality is used for translation and accessibility services, among other things. It's updated pretty frequently: January saw the addition of Estonian, Romanian, and Slovak; last October, Filipino and Greek. Text-to-Speech's most recent update adds Canadian French, Javanese, and Sudanese.

WHAT'S NEW

• Added support for French (Canadian), Javanese and Sudanese.

• More voices to choose from for English (Australian), English (United Kingdom) and French (France).

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Google Text-to-Speech adds Canadian French, Javanese, and Sudanese [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS Canary gets standalone dictation method for text entry

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A new text dictation method is popping up in Chrome OS. As Google employee François Beaufort shared on Google+, an OS flag enables a new dictation method in the Canary build of the operating system that adds a microphone icon to the system tray as well as a keyboard shortcut for speech-to-text.


The dictation icon. Annotated image via François Beaufort on Google+.

To try the new method, navigate to chrome://flags/#enable-experimental-accessibility-features and enable the flag.

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Chrome OS Canary gets standalone dictation method for text entry was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Lookout app helps blind people discover the world around them

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Google has been working on lots of awesome things that didn’t get a mention during its I/O keynote on Tuesday. One of those things is an app called Lookout that helps blind and visually impaired people discover the world around them. Here’s how it will work when it lands on Android later this year.

There are 253 million blind or visually impaired people in the world, Google says. The company feels it has a responsibility to use its technologies to help those people live a more fulfilling life and become more independent.

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Google’s Lookout app helps blind people discover the world around them was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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