AT&T App Lets Vision Impaired Customers Use Android Phones
AT&T today announced the availability of Mobile Accessibility Lite, a free application that will let those who have no eyesight or little eyesight use and interact with Android smartphones. The application suite, which can be installed on the home screen, interacts with 11 core Android functions: phone, contacts, SMS, alarm, calendar, email, web browser, music player, settings, Where AM I, and select applications. Mobile Accessibility Lite uses Nuance Communication's Vocalizer voice synthesis to read the text under the user's finger as he/she moves their finger around the display. With it, vision-impaired users can perform most tasks, such as answering calls, sending emails, and accessing GPS to attain their location. The free application works with all Android devices running 2.1 Eclair and up.
Samsung Releases Focus, a Combined Email and Calendar App
Samsung recently made a new productivity app called Samsung Focus available to its Android devices. Focus handles basic productivity functions, including email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and memos all in a single application.
Sprint Marketing the Alcatel Retro to Seniors
Sprint today announced the availability of the Alcatel OneTouch Retro, a simple flip phone with accessibility features on board. The device, which is also sold as the Speakeasy and Fling, is being marketed to senior users as well as those who are hard of hearing or visually impaired.
Facebook's Messenger Lite App Reaches the U.S.
Facebook recently made its data-saving, lightweight Messenger Lite application available to Android users in the U.S. The app has primarily been available in emerging markets where metered data connections are the norm.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.