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Google New Features: Adds New Accessibility Features in Maps, Search, Chrome, And More

A new identity attribute for businesses owned by people with disabilities has been added by Google to improve the business search in Google Maps and Search.

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Google New Features: To improve the experience for its impaired users, Google is introducing a new set of accessibility tools. The IT behemoth from Mountain View has been at the forefront of accessibility and is continually developing new tools to assist those with disabilities. Making daily tasks easier and faster is the goal of the new features and improvements. According to Google, the new features were created with and for disabled individuals. Let’s examine all the new accessibility features the company has released.

Google New Features

These functionalities are already available to Android users everywhere thanks to Google. Maps, Chrome, Search, and other services are receiving these additions. Let’s look at Google’s new accessibility features.

Support for Businesses Owned by Disabled People on Maps and Search

A new identity attribute for businesses owned by people with disabilities has been added by Google to improve the business search in Google Maps and Search. For the new feature, the business collaborated with Lavant Consulting and our internal Disability Alliance Employee Resource Group. Businesses can indicate in their Business Profile that they are disabled-owned, and the information is shown on their Maps and Search listings.

Information about wheelchair accessibility in Android Auto and Maps

In Maps for iOS and Android, Google has expanded support for more wheelchair-accessible data, including walking routes, stair-free directions, and more. It will immediately apply to walking routes for users who have already chosen the wheelchair-accessible option in the transit setting. You may accomplish this in Maps by tapping the three dots at the top of the screen and switching the route option for “wheelchair-accessible” on. Additionally, Android Auto and vehicles with Google integration will support the feature. When users input a location in Android Auto, they may check whether the location offers a step-free entrance, accessible lavatory, parking, and seating.

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Maps with Google Lens screen reading

In order to assist people with disabilities, Google is also enhancing the Maps Lens feature. For people with low vision or who are blind and have access to screen readers, the functionality that leverages AI and AR to assist users in navigating will now be more usable. While Android won’t get the functionality until later this year, iOS will get it right immediately. Users with low vision or those who are blind can just hit the camera icon in the search bar and raise the camera to hear information about nearby establishments including restaurants, ATMs, and train stations. Additionally, it will read out the location’s genre and distance from their current location.

Additional Assistant Routine Options

In order to assist users in finding information or automating routine actions for efficiency, Google already provides Assistant Routines and Action Block. Users may now design customizable Action Blocks for Assistant Routines thanks to the company. Users can change the size of the shortcut on the homescreen and assign an image to it. According to Google, this is beneficial for people with cognitive impairments and disabilities.

Magnifying Glass for Pixel Camera

For people with low eyesight, Google has released the Magnifier app for Pixel cameras. People with poor vision frequently utilise cameras to help them read and see more clearly. Users can zoom in on objects, such as magnifying glasses, with the camera’s Magnifier feature. It can be used to read tiny print, distant signboards, and more. According to Google, the feature can use colour filters, brightness, and contrast settings to make text easier to read when reading menus or documents.

Faster address bar search in Chrome

Earlier this year, Google launched a new feature to Chrome desktop that looks for errors in the address bar and suggests websites based on what it thinks you meant to type. For a seamless sync between devices, this feature is currently being added to Android and iOS. According to Google, this function benefits dyslexics and young language learners.

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