Google releases Lookout app for visually impaired and blind on Pixel phones

Google's Lookout app is designed to help blind and visually impaired users explore their surroundings

For now, you can download it on the Play Store, or manually grab it from APK Mirror if you don't live in the U.S. or don't have a Pixel and want to try it out. There are three operation modes you can choose from, helping you "explore" your surroundings, reading barcodes and currencies for an independent "shopping" experience, and lending a hand (or rather an eye) to sort mail, as well as read signs and labels with "quick read" functionality. Now, months later, the app has been rolled out for Pixel phone users in the US.

Google adds that Lookout can help people with identifying people, text, objects, and more.

Announced at last year's I/O, Lookout is finally available for users to try out. Google also said that the app will be available for more devices, countries and platforms very soon. With the Lookout app, those with impaired vision will no longer have to play a guessing game or ask someone to help read crucial and maybe sensitive documents. Well, the Lookout app is now official, at least for some. The app will use spoken words to alert the users on the whereabouts of the objects.

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

According to a blog entry by Google, Lookout utilizes man-made consciousness, similar to Google Lens, and gives clients a chance to hunt and make a move on items around them by just pointing the phone. They only have to make sure their Pixel's camera is facing out by holding their device, placing it in their shirt pocket or hanging it from a lanyard around their neck.

Announced back at Google I/O past year, Lookout is now available on Google Pixel phones in the US. As of now, it is unclear when Google will roll out the app on other hardware besides the Pixel phones. 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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