August 31, 2022

Some Notes about iOs/Android, common apps between both OS, and some suggested hardware

 

 

General Notes

 

Wider range of price and Android phones to choose from (bar, flip or tablet) compared to Apple.

 

As far as Android is concerned, Samsung phones are recommended.

 

On Samsung/Android able to associate hardware keys to answer/hang up a call (or open or close a flip phone), not available on iOS.

 

Open source for Samsung and closed for Apple.

 

Not all Android phones have the same Android OS, may be changed slightly, and may take a while to be updated to the latest Android OS version, not an issue with iOS.

 

If choosing either Samsung/Android or iOS, look at the tasks that are needed to be performed and if the apps to do those tasks are accessible.

 

Samsung phones give you Bixbie plus access to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Apple gives you Siri plus access to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

 

Samsung gives you access to the Samsung Play Store plus Google Play Store.

Apple gives you access to the Apps Store.

 

Books, Music, and News are covered on both platforms.

 

Samsung Galaxy watch for Samsung phones, and Apple Watch for Apple phones. However, screen reader (Talkback) on Samsung very sluggish.

 

Other screen readers can be installed on Samsung, Apple VoiceOver.

 

Braille support on Samsung still primitive compared to Apple.

 

Tighter integration of accessibility in iOS than that of Android, not as fluid on android, but usable.

 

Common Apps for Android and iOS

 

 

Two specific apps which are not currently available on Android are the Microsoft Sound Scape and Seeing AI apps.

 

As the Seeing AI app currency mode doesn’t work with Australian currency, Cash Reader is recommended for both iOS/Android.

 

Where it is not obvious what the apps listed are for, there is a short description.

 

13Cabs

 

7Plus

 

Ten Play

 

SBS on Demand

 

ABC iView (ABC online streaming)

 

ABC Listen (ABC Radio stations)

 

ABC News

 

Aira (for the Aira service via phone camera

 

Aldi

 

Amazon Alexa (for use with the Amazon Echo hardware and giving access to use Amazon’s digital assistant)

 

Amazon Music

 

Amazon Prime Video

 

Apple Music

 

Audible (for use with Audible books - nice thing about Android version can buy within app)

 

Be-My-Eyes (assistance for free via video contact to volunteers around world)

 

Blind Drive (fantastic blind driving audio game)

 

Calm (excellent wellness app)

 

Carrot (snarky weather app)

 

Cash Reader (currency identification)

 

Chrome (web browser from Google)

 

Coles

 

Dropbox

 

Disney Plus

 

eBay

 

Easy Reader (daisy book reader)

 

Facebook

 

Google Assistant (Google’s digital assistant)

 

Google Drive

 

Google Fit

 

Google Duo

 

Google Home (for use with the Google Nest smart speaker hardware)

 

Google maps

 

Google News

 

Google Play Music

 

Envision (uses camera for text recognition, surroundings, photos etc)

 

Lazarillo (excellent GPS app)

 

Kindle (Kindle eBooks): again can purchase Kindle books within the Android app.

 

Messenger

 

Menu Log

 

Microsoft Teams

 

MoveIt

 

Music Healing

 

OneStepReader

 

Outlook (Microsoft Outlook)

 

Netflix:

 

Pocket Cast (pod catcher)

 

Spotify Music

 

Skype

 

SuperSense

 

Tripview (public transport for Sydney and Melbourne)

 

TuneIn Radio

 

Twitter

 

Uber

 

Uber Eats

 

VIP Code Reader (accessible QR code reader)

 

Vision Australia Connect (for the VA Library)

 

Voice Dream Reader (document reader via speech).

 

Woolworths

 

Youtube

 

Zoom (web meetings etc)

 

Android Apps

 

 

Find Device

 

Galaxy Store

 

Galaxy Wearable

 

LookOut

 

Play Store

 

Tracker Detect

 

Voxmate

 

Synapptic

 

iOS Apps

 

Find My (find people, items, and devices)

 

Magnifier (LIDAR for detecting doors, and distances to people plus magnification function)

 

Messages (app across iOS, Mac, and Apple Watch)

 

Playgrounds for Swift Playgrounds.

Watch (for Apple Watch)

 

Hardware

 

ES7445- Large print keyboard Black on White Keys https://shop.visionaustralia.org/large-print-keyboard-black-characters-on-white-keys.html

 

ES7444- Large Print Keyboard - White Characters on Black Keys  https://shop.visionaustralia.org/large-print-keyboard-white-characters-on-black-keys.html

 

ES7443- Large Print Keyboard - Black Characters on Yellow Keys https://shop.visionaustralia.org/large-print-keyboard-black-characters-on-yellow-keys.html

 

ES0231- Large Print White on Black - Mac ALBA Keyboard https://shop.visionaustralia.org/large-print-white-on-black-mac-alba-keyboard.html

 

ES0232- Large Print Black on Yellow - Mac ALBA Keyboard https://shop.visionaustralia.org/largeprint-black-on-yellow-mac-alba-keyboard.html

 

ES0202- Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard Mac (Black on White) https://shop.visionaustralia.org/bluetooth-wireless-mini-keyboard-mac-black-on-white.html

 

ES0204- Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard Mac (White on Black) https://shop.visionaustralia.org/bluetooth-wireless-mini-keyboard-mac-white-on-black.html

 

ES6200- Bump Loc Dots - Clear Round 6pk https://shop.visionaustralia.org/bump-loc-dots-clear-round-6pk.html

 

 

ES7434- Large Print Keyboard Stickers - White letters on Black, Upper Case https://shop.visionaustralia.org/large-print-keyboard-stickers-white-letters-on-black-upper-case.html

 

 

ES7435- Large Print Keyboard Stickers (Black Letters on White) Lower Case https://shop.visionaustralia.org/large-print-keyboard-stickers-black-letters-on-white-lower-case.html

 

 

ES0155- Arkon Table Stand for Smart Phones https://shop.visionaustralia.org/arkon-table-stand-for-phones.html

 

 

ES0419- BlindShell Classic 2 NFC TAG - Pack of 10. The NFC tags are not on our webshop but we do stock them so clients will have to contact vision store to make a purchase.

 

ES6557- Olitech EasyTel 4G Desktop Mobile Phone https://shop.visionaustralia.org/olitech-easytel-4g-desktop-mobile-phone.html

 

 

ES0413- BlindShell Classic 2 Mobile Phone – Black https://shop.visionaustralia.org/blindshell-classic-2-mobile-phone-black.html

 

 

ES0414- BlindShell Classic 2 Mobile Phone – Red https://shop.visionaustralia.org/blindshell-classic-2-mobile-phone-red.html

 

 

ES7457- SHOKZ OpenComm Wireless Bluetooth Headset

 

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