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AT&T Mobile Accessibility:  Bringing Accessibility to Android

As more of us rely more on our smartphones to stay in touch with our friends, family and office, AT&T is committed to giving our customers as many handset and operating system choices as possible.

AT&T Mobile Accessibility is a new accessibility app from Code Factory that will enable people who are blind or experience vision loss to get more out of their Android powered handsets.

AT&T will be offering this application free of charge for a limited time  to our customers with disabilities that use Android (2.1 or later) handsets.

AT&T Mobile Accessibility is two products in one:

  • A suite of 13 accessible applications (Phone, Contacts, SMS, Music Player, Alarm, Calendar, Email, Web, Where am I, Apps, Settings, Notes and Explorer) which have been especially designed for the blind and visually impaired. They all have a simplified interface whose textual information is spoken using Nuance Vocalizer voice synthesis or you can connect your Braille display for Braille output.
  • screen reader which allows you to get out of the suite and navigate the standard interface of your phone.

What you can do inside AT&T Mobile Accessibility’s suite 

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Inside the AT&T Mobile Accessibility suite of accessible applications you can do the following:

  1. Phone: Make calls, answer calls, hear the caller ID and manage your call log.
  2. Contacts: Manage your contacts, even those from social networks such as Facebook. 
  3. SMS: Compose and read short messages. Manage conversations.
  4. Alarms: Set your alarms.
  5. Web: Full web browser experience, similar to what you can find on your PC. Jump by the control of your choice (links, paragraphs, headings, forms, etc.) to navigate faster to the information of your interest. Bookmark your favorite webpages.
  6. Calendar: Create, edit and delete a calendar entry. View all events per day, week or month.
  7. Email: Full access to your Gmail account.
  8. Where am I? : GPS application that gives you updates on your current location.
  9. Accessible Music Player: Accessible music player with an intuitive interface that automatically lists all the music files that are installed on the memory card of the phone and can sort them by Artists and Albums.
  10. Apps: Access the list of apps installed on your Android phone.
  11. Settings: Change ringtone. Configure feedback and notifications (vibration or audio). Configure keyboard echo, punctuation verbosity, speech pitch and rate, etc.
  12. Notes: For taking notes and reading text files.
  13. Explorer: Simple file explorer app.

You also have a quick access to date and time, phone status information such as battery level and network coverage, number of missed calls and unread messages, etc.

Main Highlights 

  • Touch navigation: You can use AT&T Mobile Accessibility not only with the trackball or the physical keyboard of your phone, but also with its touchscreen! Simply move your finger around the screen and the voice synthesis will read the text located under your finger. Or if you prefer, you can also swipe up/down/right/left and tap on the screen to navigate through the interface. And if you wish you can enable sound and vibration feedback.
  • Easy to input text you can use the touch qwerty keyboard as well as the speech recognition to write text quickly and easily. Imagine writing an SMS or an Email using your voice only... just great!
  • Voice synthesis: Code Factory has been making mobile phones accessible to the blind and visually impaired for many years now, and they know that the voice matters... and a lot! Code Factory partnered with Nuance, this is why Vocalizer is the voice of AT&T Mobile Accessibility. However, note that all Code Factory Android apps also support the Android Text-To-Speech API. Therefore any of the voices installed on your phone, included the voices which come pre-installed, can be used.
  • Mobile Accessibility features advanced Braille support: Logically assigned Braille commands provide uniform functionality across supported Braille devices.

More Information

To learn more about AT&T Mobile Accessibility visit the Code Factory website.

AT&T Mobile Accessibility will support all devices running Android 2.1 or later.

AT&T will also be offering AT&T Mobile Accessibility in Spanish. 

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