How Do Blind Users Use Smartphones?


There are several things that are just not easy to understand if you don’t have any sort of exposure to them. One of those several things that (especially sighted) people have a hard time understanding is how blind people use smartphones? A device with just a flat screen and one to maybe four physical buttons was the bane of many blind users when it first came out, but we all know that things have changed in the last so many years, and phone have become really accessible. But what does that mean (especially to sighted users who are not necessarily familiar with accessibility)? How does accessibility help blind users? What do they do different with their phones to do what sighted users would do? What kind of apps do they use on their phones?

So many questions!
Jonathan Mosen couldn’t have done a better job explaining how and what for would a blind user use their smartphone. See him explain how to turn on voiceover on iDevices, and use it to navigate through apps and use them. He also enlightens us about some special apps specifically for blind users (an app that lets you take pictures of an object and searches a crowdsourced database to identify it) that make use of the smartphone a breeze and also enhance their user experience.
Last but not the least, he emphasizes how important making apps accessible is only because there are more and more blind people using smartphones now. If you are a developer, you cannot afford to ignore accessibility.
Watch this amazing video and share it! This is good knowledge for anyone and everyone!

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  1. Project RAY and Odin Mobile offer America's first accessible smartphone and full cell coverage composed particularly for persons who are blind or outwardly impaired.leveraging the most recent portable advances and Internet cloud benefits, the RAY smartphone can expand freedom and social life and enhance availability of crucial services.the interface of the RAY telephone is intended for without eye operation and simple collaboration utilizing touch and sound. It's likewise manufactured utilizing four sorts of presentation components, making it simple for clients to learn, practice and utilization.
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  2. Project Ray is a good start, but I don't think it helps that much for blind people in using smartphones. If it literally reads all the steps, then that would be great.

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