Google has launched a new app called Magnifier on its Pixel phones, allowing users to easily read text in the distance, such as menus and airport signs. The app, which is available for Pixel 5 and newer models, offers several features that make it more convenient than simply zooming in with the camera.
One of the standout features of the Magnifier app is its ability to adjust brightness and contrast, as well as apply filters to improve legibility. This is particularly useful for those with visual impairments or difficulty reading small text. Additionally, the app allows users to zoom in further, apply adjustments, and even use Google Lens for tasks such as copying text or listening to it.
Using the Magnifier app is straightforward. Users simply need to zoom in on the desired text and capture the image by pressing the shutter key. While the app only allows for fixed increments of zoom (1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 24x, 30x) rather than complete control, it still provides ample magnification options. It’s worth noting that the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto camera only kicks in at 8x zoom rather than 4x.
By default, the captured image is not saved to the phone. However, users have the option to manually save or share it if desired. This can be particularly useful for keeping track of important information or sharing it with others.
The Magnifier app is another welcome addition to Google’s suite of accessibility features for Android. It joins the likes of Live Caption, the Android Accessibility Suite, and Live Transcribe, all of which are designed to make Android devices more accessible and user-friendly for individuals with different needs.
Overall, the Magnifier app offers a practical solution for reading small or distant text, and its range of features and adjustments make it a versatile tool. Pixel users can download the app from the Play Store, and with its ease of use and helpful functions, it is sure to be a valuable addition to their devices.