This setup is aimed at someone who relies solely on Android’s screenreader, Talkback.
– Choose a handset which is comfortable to hold – ideally one you can use one handed. A very tiny phone might potentially make using explore by touch difficult.
– Choose a handset with a good quality speaker, even up to a phone with dual, front facing speakers (many phones have a single speaker at the back, which is great for playing music aloud for friends, but less ideal when listenting to it yourself.
– Turn your screen brightness down all the way – the screen is one of the biggest users of battery.
Shades takes turning your screen brightness down to a new level – enabling you to effectively turn your screen all the way to black, saving even more battery and increasing your privacy by preventing people seeing what is on your screen.
or Apex Launcher: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anddoes.launcher
Some internal launchers (eg Samsung’s Touchwiz launcher) work with Talkback and you may be happy to keep that.
– Both Apex and Nova work well with Talkback, and offer more features than virtually all of the stock launchers. They both have a free version and a paid premium version with more features. I (don’t quite) recall a conversation with someone around a particular feature of Apex which didn’t work with Talkback, however I’d say check them both out, and also both developers were extremely quick to improve Talkback accessibility when I brought issues to their attention.
– Some internal dialer and contacts apps work better than others. ExDialer is an alternative which works well with Talkback. The only niggle is that as you scroll through contacts there is provision for a photo next to each and you need two swipes to move past each contact.
– Depending on your needs, the internal SMS app does work from a number of manufacturers. If you need more features, Chomp and Handcent are both accessible with Talkback.
– While the inbuilt Mail and GMail apps work, Aqua Mail works very well with Talkback, and as a bonus, the darker colour scheme uses less of the battery running your screen.
– Firefox is much more accessible than the built in browser or Google’s Chrome.
Social media – Facebook:
– The official Facebook app works quite well with Talkback. Facebook does have a habbit of changing things constantly though so if you do encounter problems, Firefox is currently a good backup option.
– Friendcaster is another option though may not be as easy to respond to friend requests with Talkback.
Social media – Twitter:
– Plume offers more options and configuration than the official Twitter app.
Text Recognition (OCR):
– Very accessible Text Recognition app, very smooth for scanning and reading information aloud quickly.
Google Calendar (inbuilt)
– Set Google Calendar to Agenda mode for easier reading.
– CalWidget gives you more flexibility for being notified about upcoming events in the notifcation area, and also has a customisable widget.
Note Taking / Shopping List:
– Oi Notepad is only a notepad whereas Lemo Memo has a ‘list’ function as well.
Maps and Navigation:
Nearby Explorer (US ONLY): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aph.avigenie
Point Finder (Accessibility): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.picospace.pointfinder
Intersection Explorer: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.intersectionexplorer
– There’s a few options there and what works best really depends on how you want to use the app.
Color ID: ttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=greengar.color.identifier
– Regularly announces the colour seen in the centre of the camera.
Accupedo pedometer: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.corusen.accupedo.te
– Accupedo pedometer is a straight pedometer, counting your steps.
– Zombies Run is a story based running / exercise bike / cardio app (you are running to get supplies for your township and trying to escape the zombies).
– The Walk is a story based walking app from the creators of Zombies, Run.
– Google Books (inbuilt)
DeadBeef player: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.deadbeef.android
Offline Dictionary: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.nghs.android.dictionnaires
Are there any apps / categories I have missed? I know there are and I intend to build on the list as I go but would love your help! Please let me know in the comments below!
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