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IDEAL Apps4Android Releases Six Android Accessibility Installers® and a Fully-Accessible Best Voices for Android® TTS Voice Sampler and Comparison Shopping Application

 

HILLIARD, OH February 7, 2011 –IDEAL Apps4Android today announced the release of six, carrier-specific, Accessibility Application Installers® (AAIs) and a fully-accessible Best Voices for Android® TTS voice sampler and comparison shopping application.

Apps4Android’s AAIs:

IDEAL Apps4Android’s AAIs are carrier-specific applications designed to make it easier and more intuitive for wireless carrier retail store personnel, help desk professionals, and wireless subscribers to identify, download, install, sample, and purchase (if the app is a paid app) applications that enhance the accessibility of Android smart devices. All current accessibility applications delivered by IDEAL Apps4Android AAIs are at "no-cost-to-the-user." In the near future, IDEAL Apps4Android's AAIs will include previews of, and the ability to purchase, paid Android accessibility applications.

The current versions of IDEAL Apps4Android’s AAIs install the following accessibility applications:

IDEAL Apps4Android’s AAIs were designed to make wireless communications more accessible and usable by the following communities of wireless subscribers:

Steve Jacobs, the President of IDEAL Group and CEO of Apps4Android stated, "For the past two years our companies have been receiving a large number of calls and e-mails from carrier personnel and subscribers asking what versions of which Android accessibility applications they should be installing on Android smart devices.  They have also been asking where to find and how to download the applications. It is our hope that developing and releasing our customized suite of AAIs will help to simplify, speed-up and enhance the quality of these processes for all stakeholders involved."

Apps4Android AAIs have been customized for:

Best Voices for Android®

In 2009, Apps4Android back-ported a fully-accessible suite of SVOX's PICO open source voices (US English, UK English, Italian, German, French, and Spanish) to ruin on Android version 1.5 (Cupcake) smart devices. Apps4Android named their accessible suite of voices, "Better Voices for Cupcake®."
More: http://tinyurl.com/apps4android-bv4c

Now, there are even better voices available for Android smart devices!

 

Why Best Voices for Android?

A majority of IDEAL Apps4Android's accessibility applications, libraries, and utilities incorporate the use of text-to-speech (TTS) voices. Most users prefer high-quality human-sounding voices over computer-sounding voices. Because of this, and to make shopping for voices an easy, intuitive and accessible experience for everyone, Apps4Android developed their fully-accessible Best Voices for Android® TTS voice sampler and comparison shopping application. Best Voices for Android® enables users to sample third-party TTS voices. If a user likes a particular voice they can quickly, easily and accessibly purchase it directly from Android Market.

Currently, TTS voices are showcased in 25 languages (37 voices). Languages include Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, European Spanish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Mexican Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, UK English, and U.S. English. All voices, currently listed, cost only $2.99 each.
More:
http://tinyurl.com/apps4android-bvfa

 

Important note: All of the voices currently listed require Android version 2.2 (Froyo) and above.

 

Credits and Thanks!

We would like to express our deepest respect and sincerest appreciation to the members of Google’s Eyes-Free team, especially T.V. Raman and Charles Chen for developing a majority of the accessibility applications installed by Apps4Android’s accessibility installers. We would also like to thank K-9 Dog Walkers for integrating our accessibility enhancements into the code base of their K-9 Mail® application. This type of mutual cooperation and support is exactly what open source software projects should be all about!
More: http://tinyurl.com/apps4android-ef-1
More: http://tinyurl.com/apps4android-k9-1

About Apps4Android:

Apps4Android, a subsidiary of IDEAL Group, Inc. Apps4Android is dedicated to developing low and no-cost-to-the-user, high-quality Android applications that enhance the accessibility and usefulness of Android devices for individuals with disabilities, consumers who are aging, individuals who never learned to read, individuals who wish to operate their Android smart devices in eyes-busy environments, and everyone else!
More: http://tinyurl.com/apps4android-about

As the world's largest developer of Android accessibility applications, Apps4Android:

 

References:

1Jacobs, Steve. 2010. Business Benefits of Accessible ICT Design
http://tinyurl.com/apps4android-sj-1

Trademark Credits:

Accessibility Application Installer (AAI)® is a registered trademark of IDEAL Group, Inc.

AT&T® is a registered trademark of American Telephone & Telegraph Company.

Atento® is a registered trademark of Telefónica.

au by KDDI® is a registered trademark of KDDI Corporation.

Best Voices for Android® is a registered trademark of IDEAL Group, Inc.

Better Voices for Cupcake® is a registered trademark of IDEAL Group, Inc.

Boost Mobile® is a registered trademark of Boost Worldwide, Inc.

Bouygues Telecom® is a registered trademark of Bouygues Telecom, France.

China Mobile® is a registered trademark of China Mobile Limited.

DOCOMO® is a registered trademark of of NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

K-9 Mail® is a registered trademark of K-9 Dog Walkers.

KT® is a registered trademark of KT Corp.

MetroPCS® is a registered trademark of MetroPCS Wireless, Inc.

Movistar® is a registered trademark of Telefónica.

nTelos® is a registered trademark of nTelos Inc.

O2® is a registered trademark of Telefónica.

Optus® is a registered trademark of of SingTel Optus Pty Limited.

Orange® is a registered trademark of France Telecom.

Rogers®  is a registered trademark of Rogers Communications Inc.

Singtel® is a registered trademark of Singapore Telecommunications Limited.

SoftBank® is a registered trademark of SoftBank Mobile Corporation.

Sprint® is a registered trademark of Sprint Communications Company, L.P.

Telefónica® is a registered trademark of Telefónica, Inc.

Terra® is a registered trademark of Telefónica, Inc.

T-Mobile® is a registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Verizon® is a registered trademark of Verizon Communications, Inc.

Virgin Mobile® is a registered trademark of Virgin Mobile, Inc.

Vodafone® is a registered trademark of the Vodafone Group.

 

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