[BCAB] New Android Accessibility video demonstrations available on Vital Tech

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Fri Jun 14 09:33:47 BST 2019

Hi Darren,

Firstly, I want to say very well done on the Android videos.

Just one minor point, on the Getting Started with Talkback button, you say
"Samsung call it Voice Assistant".  This is not actually true.

Voice Assistant is a separate product, built into Samsung phones.  I mention
this because you can also install Talkback on to Samsung phones, if you
prefer it.  In fact, you can have Volume and Power turn on Voice Assistant,
and Volume Up and Down turn on Talkback, so run the two in tandem if you
want, but not at the same time.  I often do this to test screen reader
functionality on a Samsung phone, if something doesn't work with Voice

Voice Assistant is a "fork" or derivative of an older version of Talkback,
and Samsung have baked in some different more iOS-like gestures.

I hope this helps, and is meant purely constructively.

All the best


-----Original Message-----
From: Darren Paskell <darren.paskell at pocklington-trust.org.uk> 
Sent: 14 June 2019 09:22
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: [BCAB] New Android Accessibility video demonstrations available on
Vital Tech

Dear All,

With Android accessibility rightly proving to be such a hot topic at the
moment, I'm pleased to be able to tell you about some new videos covering
basic functions of TalkBack and Google Assistant, which we have just
published on the Vital Tech videos page:

Topics covered include turning on TalkBack, making and receiving phone calls
and sending texts. This means Vital Tech now has videos introducing each of
these functions with a screen reader and voice assistant, covering Android
and iOS platforms. I know many of us do far more with our smartphones and
tablets, so do send me any suggestions you may have for other content you'd
like to see. I certainly hope these demos will serve as a starting point for
anyone wishing to get a feel for what accessibility features are currently
available on mainstream smartphone platforms.

Please do take a look and if you like what you see, feel free to spread the
word. As I say, I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for
improvements or future areas and would welcome any correspondence to that
effect off-list.

Thank you! I really hope this will help to better inform anyone considering
a smartphone or tablet purchase in the future.

Kind regards,

Darren Paskell
Technology Information Champion
Thomas Pocklington Trust: for people with sight loss

darren.paskell at pocklington-trust.org.uk

07964 193980

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