Google TalkBack


Google TalkBack's review


Spoken feedback for native Android applications

  • Voice easily understood
  • Lightweight
  • Comes auto-installed on many devices
  • Help for the vision-impaired
  • None

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"Read to me"


Google Talkback is a system level app that comes pre-installed on many devices, offering the blind and vision-impaired a tool to help them understand written text on their mobiles. It adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback. You have to explicitly turn on Accessibility in order to be able to use it; after enabling it, it becomes the default settings for your device. An extremely useful tool for anyone with vision problems.


It's a lightweight and functional app that can help anyone with vision problems use their device.


The canned computer voice is pretty great, but still canned. When can I get Shaq talking to me from my phone?

Original review from May 24, 2011:

In the accessibility section of the settings on your smartphone, there is no one default. The easiest is to download this app, which reads aloud the various options that may arise on the screen. It doesn't read internet pages nor anything beyond your own phone's system menus and screens. The only and big exception are native applications, basically, Google apps. For example, when you start Gmail, Talkback reads the subject of each mail you tap; when you push any hardware button, it says which has been pushed.

We don't know how much useful this app can be to a blind person, or what's its actual usefulness anyway. What we can assure is that canned voice, even being well achieved, is quite annoying "Option, settings, accessibility"

If we've given it five stars is because we haven't found anything better app of this kind and it's a good start, a good preview of what lies ahead. We encourage Eyes-Free Project to carry on this way.

Original score: 9.0/10

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by Janel , Appszoom

May 24, 2011

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