Google is the undisputed leader in speech recognition software. However, this software was used almost exclusively for the Google Assistant. Now Google uses speech recognition to help the hearing impaired.
This morning Google has released two new Android apps: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. You can download Sound Amplifier now, but Live Transcription is still in the exclusive beta phase. These apps are for the hearing-impaired, but they are not your average accessibility apps.
Screen readers and high contrast visibility settings are the most widely used accessibility apps. They should make phones and computers more user-friendly. Rather than improving access to mobile phones, Google's accessibility team has decided to make the world more accessible.
Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier apps are designed to change the way people with hearing disabilities interact with their environment Apps could change the way people use their phone.
The Live Transcribe app is pretty straightforward. Essentially, conversations are transcribed in real time. When you use the Live Transcribe app, words appear in front of the easy-to-read background when they are spoken.
Although this app is still in its infancy, it already supports live transcription of 70 different languages. You may be helping people around the world to communicate. Live Transcribe should be able to display conversations in an organized way. At the moment, the words of different speakers are mixed together in a kind of conscious style sections.
The app is currently in the Play Store but is still under development. You can now join the beta testing waitlist, but if you can not wait to see Live Transcription in action, check out Google's press videos.
The Live Transcription app is specifically designed to help people with hearing disorders, while the Sound Amplifier app is only for the deaf and hard of hearing. When combined with earphones or a hearing aid, the Sound Amplifier makes listening to quiet sounds easier and suppresses unwanted sounds.
The Sound Amplifier app is essentially an audio enhancer. Google has recently taken the step to offer Android support for all ASHA hearing aids, and the Sound Amplifier is a great addition to the Google-implemented accessibility features.
The Sound Amplifier is now available on the Play Store no hurry to insert into waiting lists.