Google Talkback

Google Talkback


(4 stars)


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500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 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 support for navigating web content
- Ability to assign shortcut actions for tapping on the side of the device. [Experimental]
- Many new keyboard shortcuts (availble from Android 4.1+)
- Custom actions (availble on devices newer than Android 4.4)
- 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 Alex Fopiano on 30/09/2014


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    by Lawrence McDavid on 30/09/2014


  • (66)

    by Tilwana Capers on 29/09/2014

    Samsung Galaxy S4

  • (66)

    by Aleksandar Vojinovic on 29/09/2014

    I was messing with my settings and i accidentally turned TalkBack on. How the heck do i turn this stupid thing off. I cant scroll, ive used my index finger & tried scrolling but it keeps messing with me... i never even wanted this stupid app.

  • (66)

    by Koy Chantha on 29/09/2014

    for oler version.

  • (66)

    by Don H. on 29/09/2014

    I have no need for it and can't uninstall it.

  • (66)

    by omar khalifa on 29/09/2014

    Very good

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