Chrome, Maps, Search: Google is adding new accessibility features – 01net

Google will update several of its applications to include new accessibility options. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect in Google Chrome, Google Maps, and Google Search.

Google app users with disabilities will love it. Google has just announced its intention to update several of its applications to incorporate new accessibility features. And it has to be said that the Mountain View company has pulled out all the stops. Google Maps, Google Search, but also the Chrome browser will contain new options that make them more accessible than usual.

Visual search queries in Google Maps are read aloud

For a few months now, Google Maps has included the Lens module (formerly called Live View), which allows you to search for nearby places in augmented reality. The feature, which is based on the smartphone camera and uses artificial intelligence to help you find what you are looking for, will give you even more oomph. Google actually had the brilliant idea of ​​integrating its screen reader feature to allow people with vision problems to use the functionality. Screen reader support with Lens in Google Maps is already rolling out on iOS and will also be available on Android later this year.

Another particularly interesting new feature: Google Maps now lets you search for wheelchair-accessible pedestrian paths on both iOS and Android. If Google has this data, Maps can of course generate routes without stairs, for example. Great news that is not only useful when traveling in a wheelchair, but can also be of great help when transporting luggage or traveling with a stroller.

Google Maps Wheelchairs©

Chrome automatically corrects URLs on iOS and Android

If you use Chrome on your computer every day, you may have noticed that Google’s web browser can automatically correct typos when you type a URL in the address bar. This feature, which helps people with dyslexia as well as those learning a new language or making typos, is expanding to mobile devices. Basically, you can benefit from this now if you use Chrome on iOS or Android.

Finally, if you own a Pixel smartphone, you know that you can turn your device into a real magnifying glass using the camera. Google has released a special magnifying glass application that allows you to zoom in on the text of documents, details, a photo and much more, just like with a physical magnifying glass. Developed with support from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the National Federation of the Blind, Google’s Magnifier app is free and compatible with Pixel 5 and later, excluding Pixel Fold.

Source: Google