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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.

iOS app Accessibility review – State Bank of India's Freedom Plus

State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) is one of the popular nationalized bank in India and recently released SBI Freedom Plus app and we decided to help them by reviewing app for accessibility.

We have tested the app using VoiceOver, an in-built screen reader on iOS devices.

To turn ON the VoiceOver, Go to: Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> VoiceOver -> Toggle ON

Below are some of our findings:

  • As the app loaded VoiceOver was able to read “Welcome to SBI Freedom Plus Internet banking on the mobile” and then there are two form fields to fill in Internet User and password. However, VoiceOver failed to detect logo information and three available buttons 1. Locate Us, 2. Offers and 3. FAQs
  • Unable to activate “Login” button using VoiceOver
  • When app is authenticating user, visually screen has curtained, however, VoiceOver is reading background information such as user name, password etc.,
  • When accounts page is loaded, labels for each account is reading as a separate lines by VoiceOver. i.e. when swiping right, it reads as

    transaction – next swipe deposit next swipe accounts – next swipe accounts – next swipe savings, next swipe deposit etc.,

    ; This needs to be read as a single item each like Transaction accounts Savings, Deposit account Accounts FD etc.,

  • App requires appropriate headings
  • Good part is that VoiceOver is able read all form fields, dialogs correctly.
  • Color contrast in most part is good; however it requires improvement for text displayed for account information such as balance etc.,

Overall, the app is good and it will be great with a few improvements.