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Installing Android apps for accessibility is now easier

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You can now download new text-to-speech voices and carrier specific Accessibility Application Installers from the Android app store, making it easier to get accessibility apps on your Android smartphone.

The Accessibility Application Installers will identify which accessibility applications are not installed on your Android smartphone and assist you to install the missing applications.

These apps include Accessibility Preference, Eyes Free Shell, IDEAL Item Identifier, IDEAL magnifier, IDEAL Web Access Pack, K-9 Mail, KickBack, Rock Lock, Sound Back, TalkBack, Talking Dialer, Walky Talky and Intersection Explorer.

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New Android app provides accessible onscreen keyboard

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A new Android app, Touchtype, will provide Android owners who are blind or vision impaired with their first accessible onscreen keyboard, an accessibility feature that is currently lacking in Android.

Touchtype is an iOS-inspired onscreen keyboard for Android devices developed by Nolan Daerilek, who also created the Android screen reader Spiel.

The app is not only an onscreen keyboard, but also provides spoken feedback when arrowing through text fields and provides (optional) spoken feedback for shift and alt keys, along with common Android action keys.

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The term 'Android’ refers to the group of devices such as smartphones and tablets that run Google’s mobile operating system Android. The operating system can be found on most non-Apple devices produced by manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola and HTC. Most generic smartphones and tablets also run Android.

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