Google announces apps for speech translation and hearing aid

Google has announced the Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier apps on Monday. In particular, they must offer a solution for the deaf and hard of hearing. Live Transcribe is currently only available as a test version. The app translates speech according to Google almost live. The translation then appears in text form on screen.

The app writes on what people say around them. Live Transcribe processes sentences including large text and punctuation. For example, the app helps to translate conversations for people who are abroad. The app can also ensure that users can follow presentations in a language they do not speak. Hearing impaired people can read along with what their conversation partner says.

Seventy languages ​​and dialects are supported. It is not clear which exactly that is. On an Android website, users can sign up for the beta.

Hearing aid as an application

Google also presented the Sound Amplifier app. This allows users to set up wired earphones and headphones for better hearing. For example, it is possible to increase the volume of the microphone and to filter out ambient noise. The function works without an internet connection.

Sound Amplifier promises a way that hearing-impaired people can hear better. The app is only available for phones with Android 9 and does not work with wireless earplugs yet. It is not clear whether the apps also appear for iOS.

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