Accessible apps for android devices




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Accessible apps for android devices


This is a list that was compiled by doing some research on the internet. We at BESB have not personally tested these apps for their accessibility using an android device. These results are from other blind users who have experimented with the apps.

You can download all of these apps directly onto your android device through the market app or by visiting Google play.


Navigation of this document


This document has been structured for easy navigation for screen reader users. Major sections are heading level one. Subsections are heading level two and the individual app names are heading level three. You can navigate to these using the quick navigation keys for your particular screen reader.

For JAWS users, when using quick keys in Microsoft Word, you will first need to turn quick keys on. You can do this by pressing insert Z. then you can navigate the headings by pressing the letter H. to jump to a specific heading level, do the following:

For headings at level 1 press 1

For headings at level 2 press 2

For headings at level 3 press 3

For Window-Eyes users, there is an app that comes with the program called wordNav. This allows for quick navigation of Word documents with headings, etc. to turn on wordNav press insert Z. to navigate the headings, do the same as you would for JAWS users as mentioned above.


accessibility



TalkBack


An open source screen reader for Android devices.

TalkBack, KickBack, and SoundBack are apps for the Android Accessibility Service to help blind and vision-impaired users use their devices more easily.

You need to enable them by turning on the accessibility features on your device.

BrailleBack


Works wih Talkback to provide braille interaction with braille displays and android devices.

Mobile Accessibility by Code Factory


12 accessible apps in one

Screen reader for android devices

Includes web browser

There is a 30 day trial available

Download for a fee through the market app

Digital Book Readers



BARD Mobile


Read NLS books on your device.

Go Read


Reads Bookshare books on your portable device.

Cool Reader


A free eBook reader.

Darwin reader


A free eBook reader designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired.

Nook


Buy, download, and read books on your device

The app itself is free


Ideal Group Reader


Read Bookshare books and more

Learning Ally


Read books from Learning Ally ( formerly RFB&D.)

Audio Books from Audible


Read Audible books on your portable device.

Requires paid subscription to Audible book service.


Education and Reference



Braille Tutor


Learn the braille code on your portable device.

Braille Helper


A simple app for learning English braille.

Google Translate


Translate words and phrases into different languages.

News and Information



NPR News


News from National Public Radio.

CNN News


CNN’s latest news right on your phone.

iBlink Radio


Listen to music, get news and information right on your phone.

From Serotek.


Independent Living Apps



Real Magnifier


Enlarges print and has the ability to take snapshots.

Your Magnifying Glass


Full-featured magnifying app.

Magnify


Turn your mobile device into a magnifying glass.

Classic Sharp Talking Clock


Modeled after the classic sharp talking clock/calculator.

Download from the market for a fee.


Award Wallet


Keep track of all of your customer loyalty cards.

Color Identification Apps



Color Detector


A color identifier for the blind.

Color Blind Assist.


For those who have trouble with seeing certain colors.

Detects Red, Green, Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Brown, Orange, Purple.


Color Reader


Another good color identifier.

Color ID


Free Color identifier for the blind.

Recognition Apps



TapTapSee


Take a picture of something and find out what it is.

Note: this app uses real people to identify your pictures so don’t send pictures of sensitive items. such as credit cards.


IDEAL Item Identifier


Barcode reader for identifying groceries, household items, etc.

Google Goggles


Object recognition and simple text recognition.

KNFB Reader


Scan and recognize text on your phone.

Download from the market for a fee.


See Say - Picture to Speech


Take a picture of text and hear it read aloud.

Money Identifiers



IDEAL Currency Identifier


Identify your paper money with your phone.

Darwin Wallet


Allows blind users to scan and identify money.

Health and Safety Apps



Guard My Angel


Automatically sends alerts to contacts in an emergency.

Uses the maps feature to give your exact location.


Travel and Mobility Apps



Talking Location


Just shake your phone to find out your approximate location.

Google Maps


Get directions to anywhere.

Talking Compass


Use if your device has an internal compass.

Walky Talky


Gives you turn by turn instructions as you walk.

Speaks nearby addresses as you pass them.


Intersection Explorer


Speaks names of streets as you drag your finger on the map.

Sendero GPS LookAround


Self-voicing GPS app for the blind.

Download from the market for a fee.


Around Me


Access points of interest around you.

Nearby Explorer


From APH, this app allows you to explore your surroundings while you travel.

Find points of interest and even transit stops for many metropolitan areas in the US and Canada.

Pick a point of interest and follow vibration feedback to that point.

Download from the market for a fee.


Text Editors and Utilities



Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder


There is a lite version and a full version which costs money.

Eyes-Free Shell


Provides one-touch access to many common functions.

Big Launcher


Make your homescreen easier to see and use.

Accessible Keyboard


Designed especially for the visually impaired user, this app makes the key you select a larger size and displays text in its own large print display.

Blind Accessibility Keyboard


Design your own custom keyboard so you can see it.

Includes special keys for editing and navigation.


Checkmark Calendar


Full-featured calendar app.

Quick Calendar


Places appointments in the notifications bar.

Free Accessible Contact Manager


make your contacts easier to access.

Notes


An app for taking notes and more.

Drop box


File sharing and storage.

Bump


Share contacts, photos, and apps by bumping phones with another bump user.

IDEAL Web Reader


An accessible gesture-based browser.

Firefox


Gesture based browser from Mozilla.

K-9 Mail


An accessible email program based on the native Android app.

Enhanced Gmail Reader


Reads Gmail messages for you.

Aqua Mail


Easy to set up Yahoo, Gmail, and other popular email accounts.

There is a free version and a paid version.


Dictation Apps



Dictator


Dictate and index your notes.

Download from the market for a fee.


Vlingo Virtual Assistant


Use voice commands to send messages, dial numbers, etc.

Iris


Another app that lets you accomplish daily tasks with your voice.

Weather apps



Accessible Weather


Get accessible weather forecasts for anywhere in the world.

Weather Notification


Forecast and weather alerts.

Simple Weather Alert


Stay informed with weather warnings and watches.

Social Networking



Facebook


The official Facebook app.

Twitter


The official Twitter app.

Tweetings for Twitter


Another popular way to access your Twitter account.

AndTweet


A free twitter client.

Google Plus


Google’s social media app.

Linkedin


The official Linkedin app.

Entertainment Apps



Rock Lock Player


Simple media player for the blind.

Accessible Music player from Code Factory


An easy interface for playing your favorite tunes.

Download from the market for a fee.


Pandora


Listen to your favorite music on your device.

There may be some subscription cost but the app is free.


Tune In Radio


Listen to radio shows on your phone.

I Heart Radio


Listen to live shows or create custom stations.

Amazon MP3


Stream or download media on your mobile device.

Mem


A memory game for the blind that is similar to the classic Simon game.

RapiTap!


A fast-paced accessible game.

Download from the market for a fee.


More Information on Android Devices and Apps


More information on TalkBack and other accessibility features on Android devices:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback&hl=en

More information on mobile accessibility

http://www.codefactory.es/en/products.asp?id=415

this is a link to the list of apps on the inclusive android site for people with disabilities.



http://inclusiveandroid.com/?q=app-and-game-categories

This is a link to information provided by Google on the accessibility of their products:



http://www.google.com/accessibility/products/

Here is a link to Android Access, accessible apps and news for the blind and visually impaired:

http://www.androidaccess.net /

Note: Google offers a 15 minute refund for purchased apps. If you buy an app and decide it doesn’t meet your needs, you can get your money back.



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