Most people take being able to see everything for granted. But there are a lot of android users who are visually impaired. These are people who might not be able to peep at pixels and derive maximum benefit from the latest display technology. Services such as Google TalkBack can help this group of Android users interact and enjoy the feature available on their handsets. TalkBack is a top Accessibility Service that users vibrations, spoken word, and other audible feedback to let a user know what’s on the screen, and what to do with it.

TalkBack on your phone

For most Android devices running Android KitKat and later, TalkBack comes installed as part of Google’s Android application suite. It’s also constantly improved with new features through the Google Play. If you never noticed it, that’s not a bad thing because it was designed for individuals who have a problem seeing everything on their Android phone or tablet.

How it works

TalkBack makes it possible for you to use a finger to “explore” what’s on the screen.  Whenever you come across some element that can be acted on or a block of text that can be read for you, TalkBack springs into action. The screen reader service will read all text (including notifications and time). In the case of a web address, all the characters will be read out so that the user can get it right. For any elements that represent some form of action, TalkBack says out loud exactly what you’ve touched. If you want to follow through with the action, you can just easily double tap.

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The entire app is very well thought out. If you’re using it for the first time, you get a tutorial that covers the entire setup and lets you know how to set various options. You can activate TalkBack by navigating to Settings>accessibility on your handset. The setting galore contains things such as options for the speech volume, reading out caller ID, using different pitch, etc. You can turn vibrations on and off, as well as control the volume of any form of audio (including music) so that you can always hear TalkBack clearly when it’s got something to tell you.

TalkBack is one of those outstanding assist technologies that Google is increasingly including in Android. It’s a great tool if you find that you need it. The audible feedback cues are very reliable. If you know someone who has trouble seeing very well, consider setting up this piece of technology and get them the help they need on their on their device.

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