Google Released Pixel Magnifier app, which can also adjust flash brightness
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Google Released Pixel Magnifier app, which can also adjust flash brightness

Google’s Magnifier accessibility app is ready for download to Pixel phones

Using a Pixel magnifier App, you can zoom in on small or distant text, change the lighting, and apply color filters to make it easier to read.

Google has launched Magnifier as an exclusive app for Pixel phones, designed to enhance readability in situations where text is small, poorly lit, or at a distance. This innovative accessibility app made its debut alongside the Pixel 8 series during Google’s recent Pixel event. Magnifier empowers users to zoom in on small text, examine object details, and even enhance the legibility of distant text elements like street signs or restaurant menus positioned behind service counters.

Google Pixel Magnifier app

Currently, Magnifier is compatible with Pixel 5 phones and newer models, with the exception of the Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet devices, as reported by 9to5Google. The app boasts a user-friendly interface with a straightforward design. On the default screen, you’ll find prominent zoom controls represented by large ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons, conveniently situated on either side of the circular shutter/freeze button. Additionally, there are smaller buttons for toggling the camera flashlight and switching between the device’s front and rear cameras.

As well as providing advanced text legibility features, the Magnifier app also comes with a number of other functionalities. Users can access these options by selecting the settings button located in the lower-left corner of the app’s interface. Among these features, you’ll find adjustments for contrast and brightness, as well as color filters aimed at improving text clarity.

In low-light conditions, the app intelligently adjusts the brightness of captured images, ensuring optimal visibility. Moreover, the built-in flashlight’s intensity can be easily modified using a convenient slider control.

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After capturing an image of the magnified text using the Magnifier app, additional choices are available in the top-right corner of the screen. These options enable users to copy the text, have it read aloud through text-to-speech functionality, or send the text to Google Lens for in-depth analysis. Notably, images taken within the Magnifier app are not automatically saved to your device’s camera roll; however, you have the option to save them to a designated camera folder for easier retrieval.

How to open the Google Magnifier App Via Pixel?

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Go to System > Gestures > Quick tap
  3. Turn on Use Quick tap.
  4. Choose an open app. Next to “Open app,” tap Settings. Then select Magnifier.
  5. To open Magnifier, tap twice on the back of your phone.

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Magnifier has not been confirmed to be released on the wider Android platform. It would be nice if iOS made available a similar accessibility feature for iPhone owners over 40 who suffer from Presbyopia (the condition that requires reading glasses).

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