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Google to Introduce Live Captions on Android

Published: May 21, 2019

The past year has been very productive for Google and accessibility. Google released two new important services for people with hearing loss: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier.

The next twelve months, however, may prove to be even more productive and innovative than the last twelve! And best of all, these new capabilities may profoundly improve the accessibility of mobile devices for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

One of the new services that will arrive soon is called Live Captions. This new service is expected to be released with Android Q later this year. Live Captions will caption any video or audio on a device in real time regardless of which application is being used.  Thus, for example, a deaf user will be able to caption any podcast they wish to listen to, using any app. Someone who is deaf or hard of hearing could also take a video of their daughter and use Live Captions to caption that home video. Basically, this new service will provide people with hearing loss access to ANY media on their device, a major leap forward in accessibility! 

RAZ Mobility will test this new service as soon as it becomes available and report its results right here on this blog.   

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