Google rolls out new accessibility tools, apps for Android users

Action Blocks is available on the Play Store, and works on Android devices on Android 5.0 and above.

IANS | May 23, 2020, 10:49 AM IST

Google has launched helpful Android features and apps for people with hearing loss, deafness and cognitive differences. Photo: Reuters

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Google introduces Action Blocks- New Android App

Google introduces Action Blocks- New Android App

For people with limited mobility, the tech giant has introduced Action Blocks, a new Android app that allows them to create customizable home screen buttons. Photo: Reuters

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Benefit of Action Blocks Android App

Benefit of Action Blocks Android App

They can create an Action Block for any action that the Google Assistant can perform, like making calls, sending texts, playing videos and controlling devices at home.
Pick an image for the Action Block from your camera or photo gallery, and place it on your home screen for one-touch access. Photo: Reuters

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Where to find Google's Action Blocks

Where to find Google's Action Blocks

Action Blocks is available on the Play Store, and works on Android devices on Android 5.0 and above. Photo: Reuters

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How to use this new app

How to use this new app

"Set your phone to vibrate when someone nearby says your name. If you`re looking elsewhere or want to maintain social distance, your phone will let you know when someone is trying to get your attention," said Google. To use the feature, turn on `Saving Transcriptions` in Settings. Once turned on, transcriptions will be saved locally on your device for three days. Photo: Reuters

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Easier to search past conversation

Easier to search past conversation

It`s now easier to search past conversations by simply using the search bar to look through past transcriptions. Photo: Reuters

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Live transcribe in 70 languages

Live transcribe in 70 languages

Google said it is expanding the support for Live Transcribe of 70 languages to include Punjabi. Live Transcribe is pre-installed on Pixel devices and is available on Google Play for devices Android 5.0 and up. Photo: Reuters