This useful app for the deaf will now be available for older Android phones

Earlier this year, Google debuted a new app called Sound Amplifier, meant to make it easier for people with hearing loss to hear sounds on their phone better.

Now, the company has made it more accessible by supporting older Androids on the app too. The Sound Amplifier app will now be supported on phones running Android 6 Marshmallow operating system and above. Along with the Sound Amplifier, Google had also launched the Live Transcribe app.

The Live Transcribe app works as a transcription tool for people with severe hearing impairment, whereas the Sound Amplifier app is said to enhance the clarity and volume of sound with an aim to assist people with partial hearing impairment.

The Sound Amplifier app was announced at the Google I/O in 2018. Smartphone users can use Sound Amplifier on with wired headphones to filter, augment and amplify the sounds in the environment.
The application is claimed to increase the quiet sounds, at the same time not over-boost the loud sounds. The application allows users to customize sound enhancement settings and apply noise reduction which is said to minimize distracting background noise.

On the other hand, the Live Transcribe app is available in over 70 languages, the Live Transcribe application aims to turn speech into real-time captions using just the phone’s microphone. The application also enables two-way conversation via a type-back keyboard for users who can’t or don’t want to speak, and connects with external microphones to improve transcription accuracy. Users will have to enable it in Accessibility Settings, then start Live Transcribe from the accessibility button on the navigation bar.