If you already have a working TalkBack on your Android device, you can safely skip this step, or skim it in case you may find some hints that are useful. If you’ve never used TalkBack or any of the Android accessibility features, you should follow these instructions to make sure that you have a talking Android device.
Note: If you are not able to use your Android device without speech, please ask a sighted person to assist you with the initial setup of Talkback.
If you have a good Android version [minimum, 1.6], and device, log onto the Android market and get the following components installed:
¦SoundBack (optional if you want to hear sounds when navigating and activating items)
¦KickBack (optional if you also want haptic feedback when navigating and activating items)
¦Eyes-Free Keyboard (for devices without a physical keyboard)
Note that if you use Android 4.0, KickBack and SoundBack are integrated into TalkBack, so you only need to install that to get the functionality of all three.
Activate accessibility for Android v1.6 to 2.3 through the following steps:
Go to Settings
Enable Accessibility checkbox
Enable TalkBack, KickBack, SoundBack checkboxes
The result should be that TalkBack, SoundBack and KickBack give you spoken, sound, and haptic feedback when navigating with the directional controller.
If you also installed the Eyes-Free keyboard, refer to its documentation on how to use it.
As you may, or may not know, Mobile Accessibility is a home screen replacement application that has various accessible applications built into it with some screen reading capability once outside of the suite. All this comes at a price of about r700 plus.
We will go into some more detail somewhere in the future but, for now, check out the main suite of applications, what works and what doesn’t really work.
I’ve used the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro for this demonstration so, note that results might differ on your device.