Accessibility-focused Android app developer Apps4Android launched five suites of accessibility mobile apps, offered through US operator Sprint. The “ID packs” contain apps to help users who find it difficult to read print on smartphones due to physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability.
The ID packs have been developed in collaboration with the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Wireless Technologies and will be available to download from next week.
The packs include Accessibility ID, which has voice, noise and vibration feedback to remove the need to see or read what is on the screen. Apps include a keyboard tutor to help people learn the layout of the controls on their phone, voice search, and an eyes-free music player that talks to the user. The Accessible Entertainment ID includes applications that read out RSS news feeds and navigate users through YouTube content using text-to-voice functionality.
The other ID packs are Accessible Navigation, which provides navigational assistance; Accessible Daily Living, including a barcode reader and magnifier; and Reading Made Easier, which has the ability to convert documents to a speech enabled text reader.
Packs are available for selected ID pack-capable Android devices.