Samsung Galaxy S III, accessibility, part one

5:23 PM

After a full charge and having inserted the Micro Sim into the S III, I asked my Brother-in-Law to tell me what screen I was on after I’ve turned the phone on.

It turned out that the phone had to go through a reset for us to get back on the setup screen.

Once on the setup screen, I attempted to draw the rectangle that supposedly would activate Google’s Talkback. I even asked my Brother-in-law to draw it as well.

Just to make double sure that I wasn’t dreaming, I pulled up the Youtube video, showing in detail how to draw this miraculous rectangle but, to no avale; TalkBack was as silent as a Samsung S III that’s not in the mood of talking to a blind bat.

I then asked him to go through the setup and we quickly activated the accessibility feature in settings/system..

I then tried the touch-and-explore feature but, this seem to have been broken somewhere along the line. I don’t know if is just isn’t my day but, moving my finger across the screen actually activated stuff and I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

I’m going to install Mobile accessibility in a moment, just to see what level of accessibility I can gain on this device.

Until then, take care.

6:11 PM

It turned out that there was an option that my brother-in-law overlooked.
He had to tick the option that said: [explore by touch].

So, for now, I’ll hold on with installing Mobile Accessibility. I’ll do that tomorrow.

I’d honestly say that my biggest gripe with getting started was the fact that I couldn’t get the speech to work without sighted assistance. It would have been nice to get this beauty to speak without intervention.

Anyway, I can now safely say that I am on track.

Just a note about unboxing:
The outer shell of the box has two parts. The bottom part is the deeper part and the second part covers the bottom one half way. This is now when the box is laying horizontal.
The phone is laid out in the bottom or the deeper part of the box but, it is right on top. So, if you are opening the box, be careful that you don’t open the box upsidedown; I doubt if you’d want the phone to fall, first thing, out of the box.

It comes with a few booklets, in various languages, a headset, USB cable that can be used as both a data cable and a charger by plugging it into the USB charger. All this is packed neatly right at the bottom of the box.

There’s a few modifications that I’ve already made to the phone but, I will tell you about those in the next post, in the podcast.

For now, I’d say that it is going to take a bit of practice to get use to the accessibility on this phone. I will look at the keyboard, making and receiving phone calls, the features available, etc. in my next post.

Specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S III

As you may, or may not know, the Samsung Galaxy s III was launched on the 7th of June, 2012, localy; locally being in South Africa.

I will be receiving a test unit tomorrow, hopefully; so, in view of this fact, here are the specs.

Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity

  • EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900MHZ)
  • HSPA+ 21 (850 / 900 / 1,900 / 2,100)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • WiFi Direct
  • GAP, SSP, HSP, HFP1.5, A2DP, SPP, OPP, PBAP, MAP, AVRCP 1.3, HID NFC available
  • DLNA, MHL 1.0, HDMI 2 support
  • KIES, KIES Air support


  • 16M
  • 4.8″
  • 720 x 1280 (HD)


  • 16 / 32 / 64GB


  • Marble White

Services and Applications

  • Samsung Apps available
  • Game hub
  • ChatON available
  • ActiveSync available
  • B-to-B Compability : Sybase / Webex / Device encryption / Cisco etc.


  • Android 4.0 (ICS)


  • 2,100 mAh
  • Upto 1,300 min (2G) / upto 650 min (3G)
  • Upto 900 hrs (2G) / upto 750 hrs (3G)


  • Quad Core Application Processor
  • 1.4GHz CPU Speed


  • USB2.0
  • 3.5pi, Stereo
  • MicroSD (upto 64GB)
  • MicroSIM
  • Micro USB available
  • MHL available

Audio and Video

  • MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1. DivX, VP8, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark, DivX 3.11
  • Full HD (1080p) Video Recording & Playback
  • Recording up to 30fps
  • MP3, AMR-NB / WB, AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Physical Specification

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • 133g


  • 8 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Rear)
  • CMOS , 1.9MP
  • LED (1EA)


  • Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, RGB Light, Barometer sensor


  • Assisted GPS / GLONASS available

Please note: Features & Specifications may vary per country and are subject to change without prior notification.

AAS Insight #217: Nokia 808 PureView

In All About Symbian Insight number 217, we discuss the Nokia 808 PureView. Steve summarises his plans for review coverage and share his initial thoughts on Nokia’s imaging flagship. Rafe and Steve talk about the type of people who are going to buy the 808 and what are the realistic expectations for future software updates and new app releases. In the latter part of the podcast David reports on the arrival of Office Mobile for the N8 and shares his thoughts on the game Carcassonne.

This podcast was recorded on Monday 25th June 2012.

In this podcast we cover:

Nokia 808 PureView (review part 1)
Gallery: Nokia 808 PureView
Microsoft Apps now available for the Nokia N8

You can listen to earlier episodes of the AAS Insight Podcast in our media section.

Source: All about symbian  

Blackberry’s 9360 and accessibility

No untainted phones are currently available for the Blackberry 9360.

According to reports, it can be a real hastle to install the Blackberry screenreader.

Even though Blackberry claims that it is real easy to install and activate, most blind people in South Africa found themselves faced with rather confusing and differing results.

According to some reports, you first have to flash the rom of the phone with another rom, install the Blackberry screenreader and then install the original rom of the initial network.

I am trying my very best to obtain a blackberry 9360, to put this to the test however, thus far it has been somewhat of a challenge.

However, as usual, I will post the moment I know anything new.

Until then, stay away from Blackberry…..