New features for Chrome and Maps have been announced!
Technology giant Google has released an article on its official blog page discussing new features in its products and services. The article focused on Live Captions, Chrome, Maps, and Lookout, and was announced as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which has been celebrated since 2012. These new features aim to directly or indirectly help people with disabilities to live better lives. So, what are the new features in Google’s products and services? Let’s take a closer look. In Google Chrome, if you make a typo while searching for a term, Google will warn you and show results for the corrected term. This now applies to URLs too. If you type “wentekno.com” instead of “webtekno.com” in the address bar, Google Chrome will display a warning and notify you that the URL may have been misspelled. This feature is particularly important, as hackers often create fake copies of websites by changing one or more letters in the domain name to scam people. This new feature is being rolled out for desktop versions, with mobile devices to follow in the coming months. A few years ago, Google announced an accessibility feature called Live Captions, which initially provided a better smartphone experience for people with hearing impairments. However, Live Captions has since expanded to include translation capabilities and other innovative features. Google has optimized Live Captions specifically for tablets and made it available for use in the Search service, allowing for written responses during searches. Additionally, any written response can now be read aloud to the recipient. Google Maps, which is used by almost every smartphone user, will now display a special icon for wheelchair-accessible locations, allowing people with mobility impairments to determine whether a location is suitable for them. Furthermore, all Android and iOS users can provide information on whether a location is wheelchair accessible. Google’s Lookout service for people with visual impairments is now supported by artificial intelligence. This means that AI can recognize and describe everything in a photo, providing people with visual impairments with a more complete experience. Previously, alternative text had to be added to images to describe them, but this was done at a low rate. Google’s new approach to Lookout is a significant step forward in making images more accessible.