REDMOND, Wash.—As part of the ongoing celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on Dec. 3, Microsoft has launched the newest version of its Seeing AI app on Android devices via the Google Play Store, sharing new app features and support in additional languages. The free app, designed for and with the blind and low vision community, uses the latest advances in AI at Microsoft to narrate the world from mobile devices. Tasks such as reading mail and identifying everyday items are more accessible for blind and low vision users. The app continues to evolve based on feedback from the blind and low vision community and AI research advances, according to Microsoft.

For the first time, Seeing AI is now accessible to the vast Android user base through the Google Play Store, reaching over 3 billion active users worldwide. With Android availability, Seeing AI is now available in 18 languages with a plan to increase to 36 languages in 2024, according to the company.

The Android version incorporates the latest generative AI features recently released on iOS. New features include enhanced photo description, offering greater information about what is in an image. Additionally, users can now interactively chat about scanned documents, enabling inquiries about menu items, receipt prices or article summaries.

Find out more information at this blog post and download Seeing AI on Android or iOS.

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around individuals. Designed with and for the blind and low vision community, the app was released in 2017 as a research project and it harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world. Seeing AI assists with daily tasks from reading, to describing photos, to identifying products and more.