Google Launches Lookout App Helping Visually Challenged People Identify Surrounding Information

Alfred Osborne
March 15, 2019

The Google Lookout is now limited to Pixel phones; however, the company has promised to expand the app's availability to more devices, countries, and platforms. The app was designed for the visually challenged people and was based on Google's machine learning algorithms.

Lookout was first announced at last year's Google I/O developer conference.

Google has its own Google Lens app which uses the same Artifical Intelligence technology to identify the objects, and now the Lookout app is also using the same technology which is making the life of blind people easier. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of that staggering number can actually download Lookout from the Play Store right now, as initial support is limited to Pixel phones in the United States running Android 8.0 and above.

Users will have three modes to select from - Explore, Shopping, and Quick Read. Google Lookout joins the company's growing list of accessibility apps. The most common times, according to Clary, would be in situations where you'd need to ask for help: visiting a new space, reading a document or completing daily tasks. When a user receives a call from an unidentified number, the Google Phone app will display a "Screen Call" button, which uses the Google Assistant to fish out more details about the caller.

Google’s Lookout app comes in three modes Explore Shopping and Quick read
Google’s Lookout app comes in three modes Explore Shopping and Quick read

Lookout is created with similar technology previously used in Google Lens.

Announced back at Google I/O past year, Lookout is now available on Google Pixel phones in the US.

I can't imagine having to navigate today's world while visually impaired. After the app is opened, all you have to do is ensure that it is facing forward, and Lookout will take care of the rest. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.

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