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Google’s Action Blocks let you create widgets for often-used Assistant tasks (APK download)

Google’s Action Blocks let you create widgets for often-used Assistant tasks (APK download)
Google is working on making Android as inclusive as possible, only recently updating features like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. Along with announcing the improvements to these accessibility functions, the company has also shared that it's launching a new app called Action Blocks. The app is targeted at people with cognitive disabilities, but it certainly…

Google is working on making Android as inclusive as possible, only recently updating features like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier. Along with revealing the enhancements to these availability functions, the business has actually also shared that it’s launching a brand-new app called Action Blocks

It’s pretty simple to utilize Action Blocks. When you initially launch the app, you have the option to assist Google improve it based on usage information, and then you can develop your very first action block.

Once you more than happy with the action you’ve developed, you can test it, and after that produce a widget with a customized icon or image from your camera or library. Repeat this for a couple of more actions, and you can populate one of your launcher’s screens with widgets, making it look a teeny-weeny bit like a Windows Phone user interface.

Action Block creation workflow.

While the feature is intended at individuals with disabilities, I can certainly see how it might be useful for others, too.

Left: Icons to pick from.

Considering that the app is focused on those with cognitive impairments, I currently see space for significant improvements. Adding widgets by dragging and dropping (or even immediately) may be too much to handle for a few of the impaired, so they’ll likely need someone to assist them set them up. It also does not help that the widgets scale very weirdly and cut off icons– you may have problem recognizing the headphones or light bulb in the screenshot above when you don’t understand what you’re looking at, which isn’t an excellent user experience for anyone.

You can download Action Blocks on the Play Store or over at APK Mirror— you’ll get automatic updates no matter which route you pick. It’s functional on Android 5.0 and above.

Action Blocks

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