RE: Is Android Programming Accessible?

I have and love it like on the home screen you can select search and just
ask it a question like

temperature in Death Valley CA


and it tells you Damn Hot no really it says 120 etc etc.

It even answered when I asked


What is a red head.

There is also a short hand swipe across the keyboard to activate text boxes
that have voice attached and you just talk to it.  There is also a messenger
that you can talk to called shout messenger.  There is also a way to hook
Google voice to your account so that all your phone messages gets translated
and texted to you rather than send by voice if you want that and it is
pretty damn accurate.

Ken
-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Donald Marang
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 1:39 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?

Bill and others,

Have you tried the voice recognition and dictation on an Android phone yet? 
I hear that Google may have surpassed Naturally Speaking, especially in the 
area of training.  Actually, training is basically not required!  Google is 
taking advantage of tons of real life training on the recognition software 
by the huge volume of audio to dictate from Google Voice, Goog411, and now 
Android Google search.  Bill I would think this would be of interest to you 
to some extent.

Don Marang

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From: "Jared Wright" <wright.jaredm@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:56 PM
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?

> Can it at least manage  contacts,  texts, and other base  phone functions 
> adequately? I have to admit that  I'm at this tough crossroads. I can get 
> myself a smartphone right now, and one smartphone only. I feel I have 
> enough knowledge to not just use Android accessibility but to improve on 
> it. That said, I can do all the fun smartphone thingies with the iPhone 
> today, right now, this minute. If I could have an iPhone  for today and 
> have an Android  to develop on for tomorrow, that'd be ideal. But I 
> haven't those types of funds and am a poor con artist. *smile* If it can 
> at least do what I've hacked together on my present phone though, (that is

> make and receive calls with caller identification,  read  call logs, 
> review and edit contact information, and handle SMS), I'd be more likely 
> to just take the plunge with Android and let the apps come. I think they 
> will in the end. Finally, what's the status of touchscreen input on 
> Android? Last I knew it wasn't nearly as easy to  accomplish  eyes free 
> data input through the touchscreen, and well, QWERTY keyboards on 
> smartphones are going the way of the dodo.
>
>
> On 07/30/2010 12:42 PM, Bill Cox wrote:
>> I wouldn't say it speaks "all" other menus, but it does seem pretty
>> close.  There are annoying gaps in some popular applications.  The
>> microphone icon on the search bar is not spoken, and neither are other
>> icons on most other widgets.  Some desktop widgets are not accessible
>> at all.  There's not quite enough of the right kind of information
>> spoken, like what row and column you're on when browsing the desktop.
>>
>> However, the progress is very encouraging, and at some point I suspect
>> blind programmers will get involved and progress will accelerate.
>> What has to happen first is for Android to become the platform of
>> choice for the blind.  I think that will happen.
>>
>> Bill
>>
>> On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Alphonso McFadden
>> <techsales2@xxxxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:
>>
>>> So does this mean it speaks all other menue's?
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Cox"<waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> To:<programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:04 PM
>>> Subject: Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi, Bryan.  Talkback in Android 2.2 is getting close to usable, but
>>> not quite there.  The main problem remaining is that the browser and
>>> e-mail applications are not accessible, both of which I think use
>>> webkit.  Work on making it accessible is underway.  I think we can
>>> count on Google to get it where it needs to be, but I can't estimate
>>> the timeline.
>>>
>>> Bill
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Bryan Schulz<b.schulz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> hi,
>>>>
>>>> i called a local at&t wireless store and most of what they sell are the
>>>> android operating system.
>>>> will mobile speak be created for this system or will there possibly be 
>>>> a
>>>> free open source app to make these phones talk?
>>>> i would like to get an unlocked phone with no monthly fee off ebay for 
>>>> a
>>>> low
>>>> talk time charge when needed solution.
>>>> Bryan Schulz
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave"<davidct1209@xxxxxxxxx>
>>>> To:<programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:22 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> I'm relatively new to Android land as well, but from what I've done so
>>>>> far, yes, it's accessible depending on your experience.
>>>>>
>>>>> Android comes with a variety of development tools; there's, as you
>>>>> mentioned, a plugin for Eclipse to help streamline the development
>>>>> experience (auto generated project files).
>>>>>
>>>>> However, all of this can be done by hand via the Android SDK using
>>>>> command line tools. One can also specify UI elements within an
>>>>> AndroidManifest xml file.
>>>>>
>>>>> The learning curve isn't too bad as long as you are fairly comfortable
>>>>> with exploring the technology stack (from the tools, to the SDK, to
>>>>> the application concepts such as intents, broadcasts, services, etc.
>>>>> and finally to managing a real device such as flashing, rooting,
>>>>> etc.).
>>>>>
>>>>> Hth.
>>>>>
>>>>> On 7/29/10, David Engebretson Jr.<d.engebretson@xxxxxxxxxxx>  wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> I asked the same question a week back or so and didn't get a 
>>>>>> response.
>>>>>> Maybe we'll need to explore it together. try eyesfree.google.com
>>>>>>
>>>>>> cheers,
>>>>>> david
>>>>>>
>>>>>> David Engebretson Jr., CTO Peace Weaver Hosting
>>>>>> Need web hosting?
>>>>>> Come visit us at PeaceWeaverHosting.com
>>>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>>>> From: "Robert Jaquiss"<rjaquiss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>> To:<programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 5:13 PM
>>>>>> Subject: Is Android Programming Accessible?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hello:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I am looking at a possible project that requires programming for an
>>>>>>> Android based device. Has anyone done this? My research to date
>>>>>>> indicates
>>>>>>> that Java is used with the Eclipse IDE and an Android SDK.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Robert
>>>>>>>
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