Gmail for Android is now more accessible

Error message

Deprecated function: Array and string offset access syntax with curly braces is deprecated in include_once() (line 14 of /home/mediacc/public_html/themes/engines/phptemplate/phptemplate.engine).
Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:14pm

Google has released an update to Gmail on Android that improves its accessibility for people who are blind or vision impaired using Android smartphones and tablets.

According to Google Mobile, accessibility in Gmail for Android now includes the following features:

  • There are a number of shortcut keys for common actions, including reply, reply to all, forward and compose.
  • A trackball, arrow keys or D-pad may also be used to navigate through the conversation list or through the message content and buttons.
  • Once TextToSpeech has been enabled, messages are read out aloud, including the subject and email snippet in the Conversation List, and content of emails in the Conversation View.

The updates to Gmail for Android are being added to existing releases of Android, including Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). You can update your Gmail for Android app now via the Android Market. These Gmail developments are the next in a series of improvements to Android’s accessibility.

Top of page