Accessibility gestures for Android 4.1 and later (Jelly Bean)

Admittedly the area of gestures, proper user guides and the like is somewhat lacking in the Android world.  I dug the below up for those who currently own Android devices, just to get you on the move.
I’ll hopefully do a podcast on it soon enough.


Recommended tutorial: To learn more about Explore by Touch, go to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings > Launch “Explore by touch” tutorial.


When TalkBack and Explore by Touch are turned on, you can use simple gestures to navigate your device:
  • Drag one finger. Explore your screen and hear audible feedback for what is being touched.
  • Double-tap anywhere on the screen. Opens or activates the item that you last touched.
  • Swipe up or down using two fingers. Scroll lists and pages.
  • Swipe left or right using two fingers. Change pages and screens.
  • Swipe right (or down) using one finger. Move to the next item.
  • Swipe left (or up) using one finger. Move to the previous item.
  • Swipe down then up using a single motion. Transition to the next reading level when reading blocks of text, then swipe right to read forward or left to go back.
  • Swipe up then down using a single motion. Transition to the previous reading level when reading blocks of text, then swipe right to read forward or left to go back.
  • Swipe right then left using a single motion. Move to the next piece of information.
  • Swipe left then right using a single motion. Move to the previous piece of information.

While you’re exploring with one finger, you can use another finger to double-tap to open an app, widget, and so on.

IMPORTANT: The way these gestures are interpreted is specific to TalkBack. Other screen readers may use the same gestures for different actions.

Shortcut gestures in TalkBack

Note: These gestures work only when Explore by Touch is turned on and are only for devices running 4.2.

TalkBack has shortcut gestures to help you get to your Home screen, go back, and more. To try these shortcuts, swipe using a single motion:

  • Up then right: Open continuous reading menu
  • Up then left: Home button
  • Down then right: Open global context menu
  • Down then left: Back button
  • Right then down: Open notifications
  • Left then up: Recent apps button

You can modify your shortcut gestures and the corresponding actions in TalkBack by going to Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings > Manage shortcut gestures.

Optiguide, I don’t really know what to make of it.

So, Optiguide is this new screenreader with real amazing features; ok?

Visit the developer’s web site.

The documentation link, provided on the web site said “page not found” but, I went and downloaded the application in any case, just to check it out.

Grab your own copy from the UTechAccess web site.

Download Optiguide version 1.0.55 from here.

The version I tested in this podcast, is 1.0.55.

I only went through the installation and initial setup. I really didn’t know what de hell was going on. There were no real helpful messages anyware and no help documentation in the program group.

I tested this on a virtual machine of Windows XP.


Samsung Galaxy S III – Audio demonstration and opinion

Thanks to Samsung, I am able to bring you a taste of the new Samsung Galaxy s III.

Specifications are at the end of this post.



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 notice

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…..