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Google is introducing additional accessibility features for Maps and Camera

Google is launching new accessibility features in its Maps, Search, and Assistant, along with a Magnifier app for enhanced reading of text. Google Maps will provide screen reader support for its “Search with Live View” feature, aiding users with visual impairments in identifying nearby ATMs and public transport stations. This feature is currently available in select cities, including London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Google Maps will also offer the ability to search for wheelchair-friendly shopping routes and will mark disabled-owned businesses on Search and Maps. Android Auto on Google Maps will incorporate information about wheelchair accessibility for places such as restrooms and parking.

In addition to these updates, Google is introducing customizable blocks for Assistant Routines on Android devices. These blocks provide easy access to actions such as calling someone or adjusting room temperature. Chrome on Android and iOS will receive an expansion of the auto-suggest URL feature, which assists users even if they enter typos in their search phrases.

Google is unveiling several Pixel-specific accessibility improvements. The company has developed a new magnifier app in collaboration with the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the National Federation of the Blind. This app allows users to adjust image contrast, brightness, and zoom levels to make text more legible and is available for Pixel 5 and newer devices. Furthermore, Google is updating its Guided Frames app, which assists visually impaired users in taking selfies, to recognize objects like pets, food, and text. This feature is available for Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users and will roll out to Pixel 6 and above in the future.

These updates demonstrate Google’s commitment to enhancing accessibility across its range of products and services to ensure a more inclusive digital experience.

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