In this session, Google covers ways to make Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality more accessible to more users.
At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the Android accessibility services team announced new changes coming to Android P in order to make the operating system easier to use for everyone. In preparation for Google’s release of Android P, the team added new features that allow users to accomplish more tasks easier than ever.
Learn about the latest feature additions to Android P, get an update on accessibility testing and best practices, and hear about new APIs that developers can use to create more accessible app experiences. This session will also offer a unique look into how Google conducts UX research for users with disabilities.
Google has announced one of its upcoming apps called Lookout as part of the annual I/O conference. The tech giant’s Lookout was designed to help the blind and the visually impaired be more independent by giving spoken notifications about their environment. For instance, it can tell them that there’s a “chair 3 o’clock,” so they don’t bump into the object to their right. The app can also read texts, such as Exit signs over doors.
Every year at Google’s I/O developer conference, the Internet giant hosts the Google Play Awards to recognize the best Android apps from the Play Store.
Alexa and Google Assistant power 92% of smart speakers. In smartphones, Google enjoys an advantage as Google Assistant is pre-installed on Android smartphones as the successor to Google Now and Voice Search. On the majority of Android phones, Alexa is not pre-loaded, which means that users have to download it from the Play Store. It’s worth noting that some smartphones did come with Alexa integration in the past.
Since 2016, Google Assistant has been refined with more features and services, and it has also become available on more Android smartphones but also dedicated hardware like the Google Home and smart displays. It is one of the most used virtual assistants available, though it still falls behind Amazon Alexa in terms of market share. Alexa has a Fandango skill to help you buy movie tickets, and now Google Assistant is catching up by offering Fandango integration as well.
Google is wading into Canada’s employment market with a new search feature and a $1 million investment into a forthcoming jobs platform.
AMAZON is planning a dramatic update for its virtual assistant, Alexa, which will enable the AI to remember important dates and snippets of information you have previously discussed. This is designed to make conversation more natural.
Open Sesame! enables people with disabilities to use smartphones and tablets completely touch-free, the simple-to-use app, designed by a person with disabilities for people with disabilities, enables anyone with an Android device to control their phone or tablet hands free. Open Sesame! tracks head movements through the phone’s front-facing camera and uses advanced computer algorithms to allow users to control a cursor on the screen to make phone calls, post messages on social media, send instant messages, or download and make use of any app on the Play Store without assistance.