(01/07/2011) Mobile Speak 5.5 for Symbian is now available!
Support for Symbian Anna, Nokia E6 & X7, Graphics labeler, Nokia Search app, Nokia Help menus, New Acapela voices, and more.
Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain, July 1st, 2011
Code Factory is proud to announce a new version of Mobile Speak for Symbian, v5.5. Only three and a half months after the release of V5.0 at the San Diego CSUN conference, the developers of the Spanish company are showing us that they are still strongly committed to Symbian.
“At Code Factory our two current priorities are Symbian and Android. In less than 4 years Android has reached a 35% smartphone market share and Symbian has lost its leadership position. However Symbian remains the most advanced platform for screen reading technology and this is why we keep investing development resources in Nokia smartphones,” explained Eduard Sánchez, Code Factory’s CEO. “Symbian Anna, the latest flavor of the Nokia OS is faster, simpler and better. The Nokia E6 is a fantastic phone. It has enough keys to do everything without having to use the touchscreen and Mobile Speak 5.5 works just great on it,” added Eduard.
Support for upcoming Symbian Anna firmware upgrade and latest Nokia smartphones
- Symbian^3 Anna is the latest operating system available on all Symbian^3 phones. It comes built-in with the Nokia E6 and X7, while it is available as a recommended software upgrade for other Symbian^3 devices (N8, E7, C7 and C6-01). For users of Mobile Speak, Symbian^3 Anna provides an improved user experience when navigating around lists and menus in Keypad or Joystick modes, since it will in general maintain focus on one of the list items when opening a new list. All apps and features supported in previous versions of Symbian^3 are also supported in Symbian^3 Anna, including the new web browser and email client.
- Added support for recently released Nokia E6 and X7 devices. The E6 is certain to be a popular choice for blind and visually impaired users who prefer the traditional QWERTY keyboard interface. It is physically very similar to other candybar-shaped QWERTY phones like the E71, E72 or E5. All standard keys are present except for the soft keys. However, Mobile Speak reorganizes the use of the keys while it is loaded: the Calendar Key (to the left of the joystick and below the Menu key) has been modified to act as the left soft key, and the Contacts key (to the right of the joystick and below the Email key) to be the right soft key. This means that it is not necessary to use the touch screen at all to have full access to the E6 (except for a couple of gestures in apps like the web browser, to bring up the web options grid). The default Command key is the Email key on the E6 and the Camera key on the X7.
- Mobile Speak v5.5 introduces a graphics labeler. This powerful tool allows many images, graphics and icons to be labeled so that a specific text phrase can be spoken whenever the graphic is encountered on the screen.
- By default, some graphics are already labeled when you install Mobile Speak v5.5 (e.g. when adding an entry to the calendar on some devices such as the C5 or any Symbian^3 phones, there are icons next to each field to indicate their meaning). However in most other places, you will need to add your own labels. This can be done in a very straightforward manner using the Review Cursor (Command + 3).
- Graphics labels are stored in an XML file and can be easily shared between devices.
Support for new apps and new voices
- New Acapela HQ voices: US English Tracy, French Antoine, Spanish Ines, Danish Rasmus, Indian English Deepa, Finland Swedish Samuel and Italian Fabiana. In addition, all Acapela HQ voices, as well as Czech Sabrine, French Caroline and Spanish Javier, have been updated.
- Support for the phone's online Help (User Guide) in most phones where it previously was not accessible (i.e. Symbian 9.3 and all Touch phones). These pages are found as an option by pressing the left soft key in most system applications. As soon as these help pages are opened on these devices, their full contents will start to be read, without the need to press any shortcuts. They can then be read in a very convenient way, using the same shortcuts available when reading emails in the new Nokia email client (e.g. 2 to jump to top, 8 to jump to bottom), or read by word/sentence/paragraph etc by using Mobile Speak shortcuts in the reading layout.
- Support for the phone's Search application (available on most devices from Symbian 9.2 and above). This powerful application allows you to rapidly search for specific content on your device. You can enter a search string and all results will be shown and updated as you type. Search categories include: Music, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, E-mail, Bookmarks, Images, Videos, Applications, Notes, Files, Landmarks, Call Log and Help files.
- Added "Vibration feedback" option. When activated, a slight vibration will be noticed when the command mode expires. This configurable option is called "Vibration feedback" and is configured in the General tab in Configure Mobile Speak. Default is ON for all profiles.
- Added "Volume on headset" option (on 9.3, 5th and Symbian^3 devices). When a Bluetooth or a wired headset is connected, Mobile Speak will use this setting for the volume automatically.
- Web: Added new jump-to feature. With the 1 key, you can now jump by character, word or sentence with the joystick left/right keys.
- While writing an SMS, shortcut for reading state (Command + Left Soft Key) will first speak the number of remaining characters.
- Added "Screensaver feedback" option. This allows you to control what it spoken when the screensaver status is changed. You can now choose to speak the current time and/or screeen saver status whenever the screen saver is turned off.
- 9.3 phones: support for the new v3.09 email client, which is available now via software update on many 9.3 phones.
- Touch: Major improvements to stability and performance of the Touch Review Cursor mode. This is activated by moving through the touch modes with Command + volume up/down. When in Review Cursor mode, move your finger around the screen to hear the text under your finger. To open an item, remove your finger while it is placed on the item of interest and double tap anywhere on the screen.
- Games: Updated games pack to v5.0. Now games work properly on Symbian^3 devices (we recommend using keypad mode on touch phones).
- Ovi Maps: If you have a Symbian^3 device, we recommend you to install Ovi Maps v3.04 which is the version supported by Mobile Speak. You can find the downloads and installation instructions at http://www.codefactory.es/en/products.asp?id=414#1.4
- A large number of other improvements and bug fixes, as detailed in our User Manual here http://www.codefactory.es/descargas/family_4/ms55_userguide_symbian.html#_Toc297216718
If you are a new user, download Mobile Speak 5.5 now at http://codefactory.es/en/downloads.asp?id=348#version_0_106 and try it for 30 days for free. If you are a user of a previous version from Mobile Speak 3.8 and wish to upgrade to Mobile Speak 5.5, contact your distributor to purchase an upgrade license. In addition to all the improvements and new features of Mobile Speak 4.0, 4.5, 4.6, 5.0 and 5.5, if you purchase an upgrade license, you will also get Mobile Magnifier, Mobile DAISY Player, Color Recognizer and the Games for free! To consult the complete list of Code Factory’s official distributors, visit http://www.codefactory.es/en/page.asp?id=351
To learn how to install or upgrade to a latest version of Mobile Speak, please consult the user guide at http://www.codefactory.es/download.asp?file=family_4/ms50_userguide_symbian.html
About Code Factory
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain, Code Factory is the global leader committed to the development of products designed to eliminate barriers to the accessibility of mobile technology for the blind and visually impaired. Today, Code Factory is the leading provider of accessible mobile applications such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, and Braille interfaces. Code Factory’s products are compatible with the widest range of mainstream mobile devices running on Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry Smartphones, and Android. Among Code Factory's customers are well known organizations for the blind such as ONCE in Spain, and carriers such as AT&T, Bouygues Telecom, SFR, TIM and Vodafone.