Mobile Accessibility Lite, developed by Code Factory, is a suite of 11 accessible applications for everyday online activities such as email, phone calls and contact lists, SMS, calendar and web. It also has a screen reader that replaces the standard Android text-to-speech software as well as speech recognition for easier text input, such as writing an SMS or email.
Standard Android accessibility is not as advanced as that found in iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. VoiceOver, the screen reader in iOS is much more sophisticated than Android’s screen reader TalkBack. Furthermore, while the standard applications that come with iOS are accessible with VoiceOver, the equivalent apps that come with Android, such as the web browsers and email client, are not always accessible. And so, Android users are forced to replace these apps with accessible versions like those in Mobile Accessibility Lite.
For more information about the progression of accessibility features in iOS and Android, read our commentary on the different approaches that Apple and Google have taken in their mobile operating systems.
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