Google’s Android N to Improve User Experience for the Physically Disabled

Android N will be made official during the upcoming Google I/O 2016 event that will be held as from May 18.

Google has been upping the game thanks to the teaser availed via the Android N preview version currently available for Nexus devices. The company seems to be more focused towards productivity, with the addition of split-screen multitasking being the major highlight of this development. As it is, there is even more to this OS.

The search engine giant claims that at least 20% of the globe’s population will suffer a physical disability at some point in their lives. As a result, Android N has taken a direction that accommodates the physically disabled more than any of its previous predecessors. So, what are we looking at here?

Android N brings to the fold what is known as Vision Settings. With this, users of the operating system can easily tweak the size of font, magnification as well as TalkBack. Given that physically disabled persons have some problems with accessibility, Google looks to make things more accessible with the said additions. Users will be able to configure their devices as they wish so that the navigation settings in use are custom and independent.

Accessibility updates also headed to Chromebooks

As noted earlier, Google is looking to offer better user experiences with respect to the disabled persons and this is not only for Android users, but also for those using Chromebooks. However, for the latter device, the update will come through ChromeVox system for the visually impaired. With ChromeVox, users with visual impairments can navigate their devices with the help of voice-to-text recognition technology. There is a new version which brings a new keyboard in addition to packed braille output.

Of course, this is not the first time we’ll be seeing voice commands in Android devices. This functionality has always been here. However, the company’s newest additions are aimed at improving the current functionality by making features better at understanding voice input.

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