Thanks to a Google app, more Indians can now control their Android cell phones with just their eyes

Thanks to a Google app, more Indians can now control their Android cell phones with just their eyes

Tech Highlights:

  • Announced last year, Google’s Look to Speak app essentially allows users to use eye movements to choose pre-written phrases on their phone. These phrases are spoken out loud via the microphone to help them communicate with others. The app remains available on Google Play Store, while it is yet to reach the iOS platform for iPhones. It requires phones to run at least Android 9.0 and above, including Android One.

  • Google’s Look to Speak app, which allows people with disabilities and motor impairments to communicate using their eyes, has received an upgrade that adds more language possibilities. The app now supports Indian languages such as Tamil, Telegu, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, and Bengali, as discovered by Android Police. Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic), German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (LatAm), French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Vietnamese are among the 11 additional international languages now supported by the company. It basically means that the software will allow disabled people in different nations to converse in their own language.

Earlier, Google explained that the Look to Speak project is a part of the company’s Start With One programme that tries new technology with a small group of people to bring something “impactful for them and their community.” The app does not replace the heavy-duty communication devices and real-life nursing staff, but it is still an inexpensive option that may help hundreds if not millions with some form of speech and movement disability. Google had indicated the app is meant to send those “important short messages” where the other communication device can’t go.

Myntra will target fashion and social media-savvy young men and women who are looking to have access to the best-in-class fashion advisory and in-demand trends, it added. Myntra’s social commerce business has three distinct propositions that add immense composite value to consumers, creators and brands M-Live, Myntra Studio and Myntra Fashion Superstar. With M-Live, which is a proprietary live video streaming and live commerce platform, Myntra is further paving the way for the future of shopping that resonates with today’s social media savvy, fashion-conscious generation.

Google has been lately introducing more Indian language options on its platform to tap into India’s large smartphone market. Recently, the company announced a bunch of updates for the Google Pay digital payment app. Customers in India can soon choose a new language option Hinglish – a mix of Hindi and English. Fashion e-commerce platform Myntra on Tuesday announced its foray into social commerce at scale with the launch of M-Live to cater to the rapidly evolving content consumption patterns and shopping preferences of consumers. M-Live brings a first-of-its-kind, interactive and real-time live shopping experience to the fingertips of millions of shoppers in the country, according to a statement.

M-Live aims to facilitate a real-time engagement between consumers and brands by allowing influencers and experts to host live video sessions of product and styling concepts curated by them, on the Myntra app, enabling viewers to shop instantly. With several concurrent users joining the live sessions, it also gives users the opportunity to shop as a community and benefit from the community’s knowledge, observations, questions and comments, enabling a more confident shopping decision that is backed by social validation.

Myntra Studio provides users with access to over 20,000 original, inspirational, and shoppable fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content assets at scale. Myntra Studio has helped establish Myntra as a frontrunner in innovative content-led commerce. The platform has grown by 25X in the past six months itself. Some of the leading brands on Myntra have 2-3 times larger communities on Myntra-Studio and witness a 3-4X higher engagement, in comparison to other similar influencer-led platforms. The in-house built platform has managed to attract and induce shopping among the younger and premium shoppers from across the Metros as well as tier-II towns and beyond.

If you’ve used an iPhone, the chances are that you may have faced errors with the auto-correct feature on the native keyboard at some point (or daily). Although you can disable auto-correct by heading to the Keyboard option under Settings, disabling the feature altogether will likely cause a bigger headache. It is clear that the auto-correct keyboard feature is still useful, but users need some magic from Apple’s end that the typing experience improves compared to the Android counterpart. Till that happens, some Redditors have created a long thread, discussing (read: bantering) their experience with the auto-correct feature on iPhones.

It starts with a user who writes, “I have an iPhone 10. I used to have pretty good precision when I would type so I wouldn’t really need to use autocorrect. But within the past 10ish months my precision when typing has gone to crap.” To this single post, there are 983 comments, where others have shared their experiences. A user ‘whyT’ replies, “I was typing “it’s all good” the other day, and my phone kept changing it [good] to food.” Another claimed that “love is now corrected to ‘live’ like 80 percent of the time.” Honestly, I can vouch for that too. A user named ‘CactusBoyScout’ even claimed that the iPhone’s auto-correct always wants to change “its” to “it’s” even though they are both very common and have different uses. Several users on Reddit pointed out that the most common error they face is the auto-correction of “well” to “we’ll” or vice versa. Another common error iPhone users face as per users’ posts is changing of “and” to “abs.” A user ‘sleepymoose88’ explains, “It’s not like I’m typing abs so much that it’s intelligently thinking that’s a more likely correction. I never type abs intentionally because I’m not a personal trainer.” It is unclear when iPhones started exhibiting problems with auto-correct at such a big scale, but we hope Apple improves this soon.

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