The main focus of technology nowadays is geared towards customers with no disabilities. What if we used tech to help ease some of the hurdles people who have disabilities are experiencing in their day-to-day lives?
As a solution to this very same problem, Google has come up with two new extremely useful apps for Android - Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier.
One of those apps we are going to cover in particular is Live Transcribe. As you have already guessed from its name, it converts speech picked by your device's microphone into captions in real-time. Its purpose is to help the deaf and people with hearing problems. It uses an accessibility service which can easily be set up by heading into your phone's Settings app - Accessibility and enabling Live Transcribe. If you are running Android Pie, then a new 'human' icon will show up on your software navigation bar that lets you instantly enable this live transcription service. Speaking of transcription, Live Transcribe supports over 70 languages and dialects, has a button to quickly switch between two select languages, works with external microphones (Bluetooth and USB ones) and is available for Android 5.0 Lollipop and newer. Another bonus point it gets from us goes for the built-in dark theme option.
Initially it has been launched in a closed beta form and now can be downloaded right away from the Play Store.
Google Play: Live Transcribe
Beta Sign Up: android.com