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Top 5 Android Accessibility Apps and Their Features
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Top 5 Android Accessibility Apps and Their Features

It's no secret that a disability can make life difficult, especially considering the lack of accessibility that still exists today.

People who are hard of hearing, visually impaired, or physically challenged can face difficulty even while performing simple tasks such as using a smartphone or tablet. But much to their relief, there are multiple apps that can help them use their mobile devices better.

Here are 5 of the most helpful accessibility apps for Android-powered mobile devices.

Accessibility Scanner (Free Android App On Google Play)

This is an ideal tool for a non-tech savvy individual. It basically suggests enhancements for Android apps. On top of that, you can use the Accessibility Scanner without breaking much of a sweat.

Simply open the app you want to scan, click on Accessibility Scanner icon to see all the items in the app that can benefit from accessibility enhancement. For instance, the app will advise to enhance the text and background contrast or make the inputs larger.

AssistiveTouch (Free / $0.99 Android App On Google Play)

AssistiveTouch helps you control your mobile device by performing gestures such as a pinch, a multi-finger swipe or 3D Touch. The app creates several virtual buttons that let you operate your device without even touching it.

The app gives you a virtual home button, screenshots button, back button, volume buttons and lots more. With this app installed and running, you can switch your mobile device off without touching a button. On the downside, the app has a myriad of unproductive features such as RAM cleaning and boosting.

Google Assistant (Free Android App On Google Play)

Developed by Google, the app is a virtual assistant that is available on mobile as well as other smart home devices. Google Assistant is unlike Google Now as it is capable of engaging in two-way conversations.

The app boasts a voice-operated user interface (UI) that can be accessed from anywhere on your device. You can perform basic tasks such as opening apps, placing calls and sending text messages without touching your phone.

Google TalkBack (Free Android App On Google Play)

Google TalkBack is a highly useful tool that assists vision-impaired users to maneuver their devices. Once activated from the Settings menu, TalkBack helps them interact with their devices.

Despite being quite basic, TalkBack is fairly effective. It adds features such as vibration, spoken, and audible feedback. The tool is available with almost every version of Android.

Google Translate (Free Android App On Google Play)

This is a free service offered by Google. You can use the service to translate web pages, phrases, and words between English and more than 100 other languages.

The app can listen to a spoken word and convert it into text. This is probably its best feature for individuals with a disability. People having impaired hearing can take advantage of this feature to interact with those who don't know ASL.

The internet is crammed with highly advantageous Android accessible apps for people with restricted mobility and other limitations. That being said, we're not even scraping the surface of how useful these apps can turn out to be.

Let us know if we missed any useful accessibility apps for Android in the comments section below. (Image Credit: stevepb / Pixabay)

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  1. wsokol
    I find Google Assistant to be a total disaster. If enabled on my Android phone, all it does is bringing up the setup screen for voice matching and nothing else (an issue reported by other users as well). If disabled, the phone still responds to Ok Google but fails to control "smart" devices linked to my account. I use Alexa instead.
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