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May

2018

When you see “Google play services being updated” on android apps…

Recently I was experiencing a strange problem with Uber App on android. Every time I open the app, it displays “Google play services is being updated” and map never shows places. can’t select destination or pick up place.

Tried closing the app, rebooted the device – neither helped. Then went to Settings -> Apps -> Google play services -> memory and cleared cache; it worked but only for a couple of days and then issue is repeated.

Then finally I took a chance and disabled Google play services, uninstalled and did a fresh installation with update of the app. This worked for a few days now… hopeful it works for ever.

Remember while Google play services are inactive, a few apps such as True Caller, YouTube doesn’t work. Hope this could be of help.

New in Android Accessibility

I was watching What’s new in Android Accessibility? and here is my quick notes. It’s great to see our good friend Victor Tsaran on the stage of Google I/O.

Sound Amplifier – to help increase audio quality on your android and avoid sound disturbances around the user. The way i was explained was amazing that this feature could reduce noise from around the user and help user focus on the conversation.

Accessibility menu – take screenshot, lock screen, power off etc., Easy access to some commonly used features.

Lookout – for blind and low vision – helpful in situations where they need help. Finding chair, etc., Appears this app is similar to Microsoft Seeing AI, but a few tasks may be done without internet access. Looking forward for this app to be available in India.

Select to Speak – Now comes OCR capabilities for camera. Just place camera around a paper and it reads aloud.

Voice Access – use android with voice.

Android Accessibility Suite – combination of various accessibiolity services

I would like to congratulate Winner of Google play award – Be My Eyes, Sesame-enable.com and Audiogamehub.com

There has been great progress for Android over a few years. Way to go!

Simply reading app launched by DAISY Consortium

DAISY Consortium has just announced the launch of Simply reading app (on Android) – a simple and intuitive app to read ePub books. Interface of the app looks rich and simple; works for everyone including users with disabilities. App does include a getting started guide which also has list of gestures that ca be used with and without talk back screen reader.

Simply reading app enable users to access books from wide range of sources including device memory, Bookshare, Dropbox, Sugamya Pusthakalaya and Gutenbergh etc.,

Only improvement it should consider is color contrast for text on few screens such as list of books etc.,

Happy reading!