Sometimes we take the ability to see or to hear for granted, where we don’t realize that these simple everyday things we do might be infinitely harder for others. This is why accessibility features are so important, where they can really change the way someone uses their smartphone.
Back at Google I/O 2019, the company announced a new feature called Live Caption. Basically, this would automatically caption things on the screen, like when you’re watching a video, for example. The good news is that Google has announced that the feature will soon be rolling out to Android users, starting with the company’s recently announced Pixel 4 smartphone, before it eventually finds its way to older Pixel devices like the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a.
How it works is rather simple: all users need to do is tap on the prompt after you press the volume button, and Live Caption should be enabled. Google also addresses some potential privacy concerns, where they say that everything is done on the device itself. This means that no internet connection is required for it to work, and that your captions are kept private.
Google also notes that users will be able to reposition the captions wherever they want on their screens, so that it doesn’t get in the way of what they are viewing. As for non-Pixel owners, Google states that they are working with other Android manufacturers to make the feature more widely-available in the coming year.