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[Update: Video] Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

XDA has managed to get its hands on an early build of Android Q, confirming that Google's next version of our favorite operating system will include a dark mode, as expected. But plenty of more secrets were hiding inside the image XDA found, including a much-needed app permissions revamp, what may end up being a Samsung DeX-like desktop UI, and piles of smaller features.

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[Update: Video] Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

XDA has managed to get its hands on an early build of Android Q, confirming that Google's next version of our favorite operating system will include a dark mode, as expected. But plenty of more secrets were hiding inside the image XDA found, including a much-needed app permissions revamp, what may end up being a Samsung DeX-like desktop UI, and piles of smaller features.

The leaked Android Q image includes a new "Set Dark mode" option in Settings -> Display, thankfully including an automatic setting based on time of day.

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Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Accessibility Suite 7.2 adds camera support to Select to Speak, TalkBack control changes, and more

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Earlier this year, Google rebranded Android's TalkBack app under the more generic name Android Accessibility Suite — an understandable decision given the app had expanded beyond merely providing text to speech functionality. Now version 7.2 of the Android Accessibility Suite has been released to the Play Store, bringing with it camera-based text to speech, fast-forward/rewind controls for TalkBack, and a handful of improvements.

The full changelog published to the Play Store is included just below:

WHAT'S NEW
Below are a few of the new features in version 7.2.

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Android Accessibility Suite 7.2 adds camera support to Select to Speak, TalkBack control changes, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Google Assistant Smart Displays have accessibility settings for color inversion, captions, TalkBack, and more

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Whether your already bought the Lenovo Smart Display or JBL Link View, or you're thinking about getting Google's rumored Home Hub, you may be wondering whether that gadget — like many others in your life — offers any accessibility settings for people with disabilities. The answer is yes.

To get to the accessibility settings of your Smart Display, you need to head over to the Google Home app, tap the Devices icon on the top right, and scroll to find your display.

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Tip: Google Assistant Smart Displays have accessibility settings for color inversion, captions, TalkBack, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Official] Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Though the smartphone market is relatively mature (some might even say stagnant), there's been a notable lack of progress on accessibility. The simple fact is that not everyone can easily manipulate a smartphone or tablet's touchscreen, and there aren't a lot of cheap or free ways to make it easier.

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[Update: Official] Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Though the smartphone market is relatively mature (some might even say stagnant), there's been a notable lack of progress on accessibility. The simple fact is that not everyone can easily manipulate a smartphone or tablet's touchscreen, and there aren't a lot of cheap or free ways to make it easier. That's no doubt why, even in a low-profile beta, Google's voice command navigation app Voice Access climbed to more than a million downloads on the Play Store over the past two years.

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Google accessibility tool Voice Access exits beta, improves Google Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android

Friday, August 17th, 2018

In partnership with Danish firm GN Hearing, Google is currently developing a protocol to enable native hearing aid support in Android. The open specification will allow users with hearing impairments to connect their aids to their phone for a better user experience.

With 466 million affected by hearing loss globally, it could even be said that this is overdue. The open specification is called 'Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels' and is designed to offer low-latency performance with the lowest possible impact on battery life of both the phone and the aid.

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Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android

Friday, August 17th, 2018

In partnership with Danish firm GN Hearing, Google is currently developing a protocol to enable native hearing aid support in Android. The open specification will allow users with hearing impairments to connect their aids to their phone for a better user experience.

With 466 million affected by hearing loss globally, it could even be said that this is overdue. The open specification is called 'Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels' and is designed to offer low-latency performance with the lowest possible impact on battery life of both the phone and the aid.

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Google is working on native hearing aid support for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android P’s Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

At I/O, Google announced a set of new accessibility features for Android P, one of which was a new Accessibility Menu for motor-impaired users. It makes it easier to perform nine actions that would otherwise require precise gestures or hardware button presses. We looked for the menu in Android P DP2, which rolled out at I/O, but didn't find it then. Now, it's there, but it turns out it was likely implemented in DP3, but we didn't spot it until DP4 showed up yesterday.

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Android P's Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

For smartphone users who are blind or visually impaired, Google TalkBack is a vital tool that facilitates eyes-free operation of any Android device. TalkBack is just one aspect of the app, however, and that's probably why Google has renamed it Android Accessibility Suite.

As well as TalkBack, which offers enhanced aural and vibration feedback, the suite also comprises Switch Access, for controlling your phone without using the touchscreen, and Select to Speak, which reads anything on the screen aloud with a tap.

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Google rebrands TalkBack app as Android Accessibility Suite was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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