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Monday, August 20, 2012

Verizon's Mobile Accessibility Suite of Apps

Verizon recently announced the release of Mobile Accessibility, a suite of ten apps for Android users who are blind or visually impaired. This app is free, but it does require a Verizon data plan. It is compatible with Android v. 2.2 or higher.

With this app that uses Nuance's Vocalizer text-to-speech technology, you can:

  • Phone: Make calls, answer calls, hear the caller ID and manage your call log.
  • Contacts: Manage your contacts, even those from social networking sites.
  • SMS: Compose and read short messages.
  • Alarms: Set your alarm
  • Web: Full web browser experience, similar to what you can find on your PC. Bookmark your favorite web pages.
  • Calendar: Create, edit and delete a calendar entry. View all events per day, week or month. 
  • Email: Full access to your Gmail account.
  • Where am I?: GPS application that gives your updates on your location.
  • Apps: Access the list of applications installed on your Android phone. 
  • Settings: Change Ringtone, configure feedback, notifications, keyboard echo, punctuation verbosity, speech, pitch and rate.
  • There is also a quick access to Date and Time, phone status information.
To download this app, go to the Verizon app store, go under the category Productivity and Tools, then look under Utilities.


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