Google just made reading comics on smartphones a lot easier
OREANDA-NEWS. July 22, 2016. It's not exactly the ideal reading experience: Opening up a digital comic book on your smartphone or tablet and having to zoom in on different parts of the page to read what each character is saying.
Google wants to change that. At San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, the internet giant unveiled a new feature for Google Play Books that automatically enlarges speech bubbles when you push the volume control buttons on your phone or tablet.
The company made the announcement alongside Marvel and DC Comics on their respective stages at the massive fan convention, which attracts more than 130,000 attendees to San Diego's bay front.
Google touts "machine learning" as the tech behind the new feature. The software automatically recognizes speech bubbles and panels on the page so it can modify the way they look.
"We can detect shapes and objects and images -- we're very good at this," Brady Duga, a software engineer for Google Play Books, said in a video introducing the feature. "This is basically looking at a rich visual scene and extracting important information."