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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!

One week of life with Android

Ah, it’s already one week. Summary is no regrets so far!

Yes, it’s already a week that I started using Android. Got a nice back cover from Amazon.in at a offer price of 329 INR but pretty cool in black and blue colour.

My initial problem of using SwiftKey keyboard and switched to Apple keyboard. But then my passion is also to write messages in regional language Telugu. For that, I have installed Google Indic Keyboard and that has given me satisfactory experience both for English and Telugu. I never enjoyed typing in Telugu on iOS.

Email is one of the taks I do prefer to use on mobile.With Honor’s native app, somehow I was not able to connect my mail accounts. I am not comfortable with GMail app interface (has poor color contrast). so I started using Microsoft Outlook for Android and this is slightly better but not perfect.

I have started using WhatsApp mostly on desktop web version than on mobile app; for the reason that I don’t like saving media to my phone. Unless iOS, android app doesn’t have an option not to save media but there is option to stop auto downloading of media.

It’s amazing to see that there is a lot of customization of look and feel in android. I have chosen Indian theme and it looks fabulous. May it be my perception, but I found display on android (at least on my HOnor view 10 phone) is brighter than on iOS.

Way to go!

Day 1 experience of switching to Android

I’ve been using iOS since 2010 (Thanks to Alan Brightman and Victor Tsaran while we were all at Yahoo!) and it has been an amazing experience. Though I’m not a full time screen reader user, I use a few features meant for people with low vision. Again, I am not big fan of using magnification software for the reason that they doesn’t let me skim-look easily. So I enlarge things I really want to see.

Recently I have decided to switch to Android for the reason to having interest in exploring all technologies. Here is my day 1 experience with Honor View 10.

  • Phone looks fabulous; not too small or bulky
  • Android operating system looks far more better than I have experienced before
  • Unboxing was easy. Initially we were not sure how to insert the SIM card but a video helped. Tip: we need to take out SIM tray completely.
  • Ability to turn off auto-brightness.
  • Still default keyboard is a bit unusable. For now, I have installed Apple keyboard
  • Able to download my favourite ringtone
  • Still need to find out how to completely turn off notifications and vibration
  • Perhaps due to increase in device size or whatever, I found Uber and Verizon Pulse apps more usable than on iOS
  • Ability to turn off notifications
  • Very easy to transfer data from existing phone; I still need to find out how to transfer messages without need fo installing an app

That’s all for now. But looks like android operating system has more matured from earlier and I may not feel regret of switching from Android phone. Let’s see how it goes.