Google TalkBack

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    Google TalkBack

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    Google TalkBack's review

    Published: 2011-05-24, by .

    Spoken feedback for native Android applications

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

    "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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    Janel Appszoom logo

    by Janel , Appszoom

    May 24, 2011


    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. TalkBack comes pre-installed on most Android devices.

    For help with TalkBack, visit

    To turn on TalkBack:
    1. Go to Settings
    2. Select Accessibility

    Android 4.1 and above:
    3. Touch TalkBack and switch it on

    Android 4.0:
    3. Touch TalkBack and switch it on
    4. Go back to the previous screen, then turn on Explore by Touch

    Android 3.2 and earlier:
    3. Select the Accessibility checkbox
    4. Select the TalkBack checkbox

    Permissions Notice
    Phone: TalkBack observes the phone state so it can adapt announcements to your call status.
    Accessibility Service: Because this app is an accessibility service, it can observe your actions, retrieve window content, and observe text that you type.

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