Instagram Adds AI to App for Improved Accessibility
Instagram today introduced two new tools that the visually impaired can put to use. First, Instagram is turning on automatic alternative text so the visually impaired can hear better, more detailed descriptions of photos that are displayed under the Feed, Explore, and Profile tabs. Instagram says this tool relies on object recognition to generate the photo descriptions. Similarly, photos uploaded by the visually impaired will rely on custom alternative text for more accurate descriptions. Instagram called these changes a first step forward improving the social network.
Mar 13, 2019
Google Lookout is a free app that uses AI to identify things it sees through the phone's camera and describe it to a visually-impaired user. The company announced this week that the app is available now for English speakers in the US with a Google Pixel phone.
Mar 25, 2020
Google has redesigned its Podcasts app, and made a version available in Apple's App Store for iPhone users. Google Podcasts now stays fully synced between all platforms, including Android, web, and iOS, so you can pause a podcast on your phone and automatically pick up where you left off on the web.
Nov 15, 2018
Instagram has integrated shopping deeper into its mobile app. The latest version of Instagram, which people use to share photos and videos, adds a shopping collection, or a way for people to save potential purchase items for later.
Jun 7, 2021
Apple today announced Live Text, a new feature of iOS that provides intelligent text and object recognition for images. In iOS 15, photos (new and existing), screenshots, and images on the wen have a new icon that runs text recognition on that image.
Jun 26, 2018
Instagram today said video chat, new camera effects for Stories, and topic channels in Explore, features it first announced in May, are now rolling out. Video chatting appears as a new icon within direct message threads, which can be used to open one-on-one video chats between up to four users.