Google Talkback

Google Talkback

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

  • Well made Canned voice
  • Doubtful usefulness
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Expert's Review

"It's reading aloud!"

Reviewed by / May 24, 2011

TalkBack is a screen reader that provides spoken feedback when using native Android applications.

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.

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Developer's original description available here
TalkBack is an Accessibility Service that helps blind and vision-impaired users interact with their devices.

Talkback adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to your device. It is a system application that was pre-installed on most devices and is updated when the accessibility service is improved.

For help with Talkback, see:

This app is only activated if you explicitly turn on Accessibility.
Steps to activate Accessibility:
1. Go to Settings
2. Select Accessibility

(Android 3.2 and earlier)
3. Enable Accessibility checkbox
4. Enable TalkBack checkbox

(Android 4.0)
3. Select TalkBack and enable the switch
4. Select back and enable explore-by-touch

(Android 4.1 and above):
3. Select TalkBack and enable the switch

Recently changed in this version

- Improved handling of text input in Korean
- Improved handling of volume key presses on tablets
- Resolved issue related to dictation on Android 4.4
- Resolved issue related to speaking of caller ID information on Android 4.4
- Removes stored custom labels for an application if uninstalled
- Other bug fixes

Lists with Google Talkback

Some lists where this application appears: 김민수, Reviewed by Peter Warrior, Reviewed by Anna Grace.

Comments and ratings for Google Talkback
  • (66)

    by hafiz rahman on 20/04/2014


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    by manimaran manimaran on 20/04/2014

    talk deaf

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    by Luther Ralph on 20/04/2014


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    by Steven Acosta on 20/04/2014

    .. I turned it on, on accident, and it was impossible to even click anything on my phone it took me 10 mins to turn it off

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    by Balram Prajapat on 20/04/2014


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    by Yulia Indah on 20/04/2014

    Lumayan, cuma kagak ngerti ini buat apalagi…

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    by patil kushal on 20/04/2014