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Android Apps Addressing Low Vision from AFB AccessWorld Magazine

Best Android Apps for People with Low Vision

The expanding accessibility options included in the Google Android operating system, plus a wide array of affordable mobile devices that run the Android OS, have made the platform an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a smartphone or tablet. Since Android is an open operating system, deployed by a number of manufacturers on their phones and tablets, buyers can choose from an array of hardware, without having to wonder whether the gadget they like best is accessible. In addition to the TalkBack screen reader, Android’s recent versions allow users with low vision to build their own accessible experiences using a combination of settings for changing the way the screen looks. A few vendors, including Samsung, have even added accessibility tools of their own to the stock Android environment.

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But as accessible as your Android phone or tablet may be out of the box, there’s a whole world of apps available that you can use to customize the way your device screen looks, increase your productivity, and even deploy the built-in camera to get a closer look at the world around you. The vast Google Play store includes many apps you can buy or download for free, that you can use to customize your mobile device. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best apps for Android users with low vision. Keep in mind that there are many more accessible apps that work well with the TalkBack screen reader, and also provide great productivity for both those with visual impairments. Our focus here is on apps that support a low-vision Android user experience, and also make it possible to use a phone or tablet as a visual assistant. For more apps that are accessible to blind and low-vision users, check out the community website, Inclusive Android, where members rate and review a wide range of Android hardware and software.—read full article here

Inclusive Android is the place to go for your Android Tech Info

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This is where it all happens! Share your information, ideas, apps and tips with the community of people with disabilities who are Android users from across the world! Information To Promote Sight, Sound, Physical & Cognitive Digital Inclusion for people with disabilities. If you are just starting out: You might want to start out by browsing the Getting started guides or exploring our directory of apps and games for android. We are always looking for people interested in populating our directories, writing guides and rating apps and games for their level of accessibility. All you need to do is Create an account and verify it via email. Have fun and don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you have any suggestions or problems.

Check it out to see if this is what you need

Welcome to Android Access, your portal to information on accessible Android apps and programs for the blind and visually impaired. We’re excited to be a part of the Android community, and look forward to your comments, feedback, and submissions. If you’re new to Android, check out our Getting Started page. Keep up to date with the latest reviews and news by following @AndroidAccess on Twitter.

For all those Apps you are looking for that are accessible for the blind, this is the page to go to: Android APPS

To add a braille display go to: APH braille display

 This braille display will also work with tablets such as the Nexus 7

More Android commands: http://tech.aph.org/rbd_doc.htm#Android

Android comes with a screen reader called TalkBack that works with synthesized speech. It is activated in Settings/Accessibility.
Once you get TalkBack going for speech, you need to download and install BrailleBack to get the braille feedback.

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