Google has released a new update of its accessibility app – Look to speak. So far the app was only available in English and with the update the company has added 17 more languages to the app – Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic), Bengali, German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (LatAm), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian , Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Portuguese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese. It is worth noting that out of all the languages available, seven are used extensively in India.
For those who didn’t know, the Look to Speak was introduced by Google last year and is compatible with Android 9.0 and higher. With the app, people simply have to look left, right, or up to quickly choose what to say from a list of phrases. It also allows users to personalize the words and phrases. The gaze sensitivity settings can be adjusted and the company claims that all data is private and never leaves the phone. After the update, more people will be able to use this accessibility app.
The tech giant is also working on an Android app called Relate, which will help people with language disabilities. The app is designed to help people with language disabilities communicate more easily with others and interact with the Google Assistant.
According to the company, the app is made possible by over a million voice samples taken from participants in the company’s research efforts. The app is still under development and currently cannot be downloaded. The company is currently looking for English speaking testers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US to try the app and provide feedback.
As early testers of Project Relate, people are asked to record a range of phrases. The app uses these sentences to automatically learn how to better understand unique speech patterns and gives access to the three main functions of the app: listening, reviewing, and assisting.