Google’s latest update focuses on inclusivity for people with sight, speech and hearing impairments / Digital Information World

Google has introduced a series of new updates with the main focus being inclusiveness for people with specific disabilities like hearing, speech, and visual impairments.

The company has recently been caught up in previewing all sorts of new accessibility features on a number of different products. And it’s just in time for a month that celebrates global accessibility awareness.

In addition to pushing out a number of beacons for Android apps in the Play Store, Google is also working hard to launch innovative features for apps like Gmail and Google Meet that improve the way users with special needs access the web and use their smartphones.

Just recently, we saw the tech giant shed some light on how it plans to bring features like alt-to-text to images in Gmail. For those who may not know, this is another name given to a description that appears when an image fails to load.

Additionally, you will also see them read aloud by a feature known as a screen reader. And that’s Google’s main focus right now.

The new feature will do wonders for screen readers as they will now have a close look at what a particular attachment given to them is. And the best thing is that the update is already launched for all users.

But the company does not stop there. They are now planning to introduce a unique feature in the form of a multi-pin reserved for Google Meet. This allows a user to lay out many video tiles on a screen.

During collaborations, people with disabilities could see both a presenter’s screen and a performer’s screen. And in case you don’t have any disabilities, you can still see using the handy feature that pins a number of users to a single screen for calls on Google Meet.

The company has gone so far as to call it a life-changing ordeal and we can see why, because for those who are hearing impaired or deaf, life would be so much easier.

Google also has a great feature coming for people with visual impairments. For example, they go the extra mile for these users by making video content easily accessible to everyone.

A particularly interesting feature is the audio description feature which explains exactly what is present on the screen. And a big plus point is how it will be available for content seen on YouTube that was released as early as last year.

Last but not least, we can see Google taking its Euphoria project to the next level. And by that, we mean launching it in four different popular languages ​​like Hindi, French, Spanish, and even Japanese.

The big initiative was actually launched three years ago by Google to help people with speech problems. Google wanted to offer a much more accommodating model when it comes to voice recognition and now it looks like they’re well on their way to doing just that.

The results obtained from the project will be used to improve AI-based technology and train virtual assistants.

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Briana R. Cross