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Meet Georgie, the app enhancing Android phones for blind users

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A vision impaired couple from the UK have come up with an app that improves the way blind or vision impaired people use phones. The app for Android smartphones, called Georgie, combines screen reader technology and add-on features that make it easier to use.

Designed by Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds, the app comes with core features as well as add-on packs that can be purchased according to user needs. The core features include screen reader and speech-to-text technology. Users can navigate the app menu and receive audio feedback, according to where their fingers are on the screen. Users can also dictate text messages which will then be read out by the screen reader before it is sent to another user.

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Phone carrier gives away accessibility apps to blind and vision impaired users

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The US telecommunications provider AT&T is offering Mobile Accessibility Lite, a suite of eleven accessible Android applications free to vision impaired AT&T Android users. Normally AU$99.00, Mobile Accessibility Lite is free to AT&T customers for a limited time. This is the first time that this suite of applications has been offered free of charge to people who are blind and vision impaired.

Mobile Accessibility Lite, developed by Code Factory, is a suite of 11 accessible applications for everyday online activities such as email, phone calls and contact lists, SMS, calendar and web. It also has a screen reader that replaces the standard Android text-to-speech software as well as speech recognition for easier text input, such as writing an SMS or email.

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Gmail for Android is now more accessible

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Google has released an update to Gmail on Android that improves its accessibility for people who are blind or vision impaired using Android smartphones and tablets.

According to Google Mobile, accessibility in Gmail for Android now includes the following features:

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Accessible web browser and music player for Android released as standalone apps

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Android users who are blind or vision impaired can now purchase Code Factory’s Accessible Web Browser and the new Accessible Music Player as standalone apps from the Android Market.

Accessible Web Browser was first released in March as part of Mobile Accessibility, a suite of ten accessible applications including a screen reader for Android. Due to popular demand, Accessible Web Browser  is now available for individual download from the Android Market for AU$21.07.

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