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Google brings its hearing assistance app to older Android phones

Google’s app for the hard of hearing is now within reach of many more people. The tech firm’s Sound Amplifier app now supports devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, not just 9.0 Pie like it did months ago. You won’t need a relatively cutting edge device to understand a conversation or sound from a TV — just a decent set of headphones. There’s a new look with a visualization feature, too.

We’ve asked Google what changed to allow Sound Amplifier on older phones and will let you know if it can elaborate.

The premise remains the same. The app can customize frequencies to boost important sounds while filtering out noise, including at different levels for each ear. It’s not a full substitute for a hearing aid, but it could help you overcome a noisy street corner or ensure that you hear a quiet radio. And importantly, it’s easily accessible — it’s using tech you already have, and you don’t need to dive into your phone’s settings.

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Author: Jon Fingas
Source: GSMArena
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