The must have accessible apps for blind android users
by Jeffrey Stark
December 9th, 2012
Just new to android or looking for a few new apps for your phone? Below, I have put together a list of the 30 apps I use the most or find I miss when I'm on another device. How about you, what are your must have android apps? Please leave your favourite accessible android apps in the comments below.
- Plume for twitter- A fully featured twitter client for keeping up with my peeps
- Canadian Weather- Got to know what the weather is going to be like before you leave the house. This app has a ton of information and a great widget
- Audible- Need access to my audible books for the long bus trip in to work
- Quick Calendar- See where I am going and what's on the agenda for the day with a quick look at my notification area
- Lookout Security & Anti Virus- Anti Virus and other featurs including a Great phone recovery system
- Talking Location- Verbally lets me know where I am with periodic announcements of nearest addresses andstreet names
- Text Talk– This app is optimised for dictating text
- Smart Audio Book Player- Set a folder for your audio books and smart audio book player will keep track of where you were last in the book, new books and even allow you to speed up the audio when listeing to books
- Tune-In Radio- The king of streaming radio apps
- Deadbeef Player- play music how you want to and the formats you want to play
- Walkie Talkie- great gps navigation app
- IDEAL Web Reader- one of several accessible web browsers
- Nova Launcher- way better desktop than the stock 1 that comes with android
- Easy aUninstaller- uninstall multiple apps at once
- Zello- Multiplatform walky talky app with group audio chat
- Sticher- News, Radio and podcasts
- Talking Compass- Figure out which way you are pointed
- Look Ahead Locator-
- Scanner Radio- Listen in on police, fire, air traffic controller and other scanner audio from around the world
- I Blink Radio- Great app from the Serotek crew. lists many blindness related audio content.
- BS Plaer- Plays videos and handles even corrupted files fairly well
- Genieor Voice Actions Plus- Great app that works like siri. Ask it questions, get it to look up information or call someone (and much more)
- DogCatcher Podcast Podcatcher- best podcatcher around and allows you to play podcasts at faster speeds
- ePistol- Note taking app that stores it's files in dropbox in .txt format
- The Weather Network- Get weather conditions for many locations
- Google Drive- Store content, share content and access material in the cloud.
- DropBox- Got to be able to access my dropbox storage and an easy way to transfer apk files to the phone. Pair this with e-Pistol and you have a great note taking solution.
- Skype- Make audio calls from your phone
- IM+- Connect to any and all instant messaging platforms in 1 app
- Lightflow LED & Sound Control- set custom sounds, vibration alerts, vibration patterns and LED patterns/colors for all the different notifications you recieve.
So now it’s your turn, what do you use or find useful? Leave your favourite screen reader accessible android apps in the comments below.
Update: Since writing this article, I have added 2 new applications to my toolbox. Both of which are extremely compelling in my oppinion.
- Scanthing OCR which is an extremely useful OCR application with complete talkback support. Use it to take a photo of menus, reciepts or other printed material and have it read back to you
- AquaMail is a fantastic email client that supports multiple email accounts. I have completely switched over to this from the native gmail app. It supports reading mail, your mail list and the actual email using white text and a black background.