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Friday, February 8, 2019

Two New Android Apps for People with Hearing Loss

Google has released two new Android apps, Life Transcribe and Sound Amplifier, to help those who are hard of hearing communicate more easily and independently in a wide variety of settings. Live Transcribe automatically translates spoken words into text on the user's phone screen. App users can also choose from more than 70 languages and dialects to read accurate captions in the language that's being spoken, and they can respond to who they're speaking with on a type-back keyboard. Live Transcribe is powered by Google's speech recognition technology, so the text adjusts as the conversation flows.  This app is currently in beta at http://bit.ly/2GwaLXR and as an accessibility setting on the Pixel 3 smartphone.

The other new app, Sound Amplifier, helps people with hearing impairment carry on conversations in loud environments by boosting quiet sounds and reducing unwanted or distracting noises through their headphones. App users can personalize their listening experience for each ear by adjusting audio and microphone settings with a simple tuning interface. Sound Amplifier is available on the Play Store (http://bit.ly/2GCNlAf) and supports Android 9 Pie or later phones and comes pre-installed on Pixel 3.