This week’s app of the week fulfills Sprint’s promise to make Android smartphones more accessible for our customers who are blind or visually impaired by offering Code Factory’s Mobile Accessibility app for free.
Sprint is now offering at no charge the full suite of Mobile Accessibility features, under the name “Wireless Accessibility.” The application typically costs $99 on Android Market, but it is now available for free for Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile customers with Android 2.1+ smartphones.
Mobile Accessibility has been specifically designed by Code Factory for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as elderly individuals or those who cannot read print on smartphones because of physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive or learning disabilities. The application features a simplified user interface and textual information that is spoken aloud using voice synthesis to aid navigation of the device.
Touch navigation: Users can simply move their finger around the screen and the voice synthesis will read the text located under their finger. They can swipe up/down/right/left and tap on the screen to navigate through the interface, and they can enable sound and vibration feedback.
Easy to input text: In or outside the Mobile Accessibility suite users can use the touch QWERTY keyboard or speech recognition to write text quickly and easily – making it possible to write an SMS or email using their voice only.
Phone: Make calls, answer calls, hear the caller ID and manage their call log.
Contacts: App tells user how many contacts they have and speaks the contact’s name they selected.
SMS: Virtual keyboard is larger and fills the entire screen. When the user clicks a letter on the keyboard, the app reads the letter to them. This makes it easier for them to compose emails or SMS messages. It also reads SMS messages to the user.
Alarms: Set their alarms.
Web: Full Web browser experience; also reads text from Web page to the user.
Calendar: Create, edit and delete a calendar entry. View all events per day, week or month.
Email: Full access to Gmail accounts; reads emails to the user.
Where am I?: GPS application that gives the user an update about their current location.
Access to basic phone functions, such as date and time, missed calls, etc. User can click on the function and it speaks to them.