Google has created a new Android app to help the visually impaired. Similar to Microsoft’s Seeing AI for Apple devices, the application, named Lookout, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify objects, read text, scan barcodes, and identify currencies. It is available to download though only for Google’s Pixel devices in the U.S. at this time.
It is not clear when Lookout will be available on hardware other than Google’s own, but the company says it hopes to bring the app to more devices, countries, and platforms soon.
This is a long-awaited development for Android users. For iDevice users, Microsoft’s Seeing AI was launched in 2017 and has made several improvements in the app since then. The most recent update allows users to locate objects in photographs on their phone screens.