WASHINGTON, June 13, 2016 – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today announced winners of the fifth annual Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (“Chairman’s AAA”).  These awards recognize and honor innovative achievements in communications technology that benefit people with disabilities. “We can use today’s technologies to address so many of the communications barriers facing Americans with disabilities,” [...]

Google’s New Accessibility Scanner Helps Developers Check Their Apps For Accessibility Issues

Michael Crider Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He’s been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order. He wrote a novel called Good Intentions: A Supervillain Story, and you should read it.   [...]

Android Voice Access

Voice Access is an accessibility service that helps users who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen (e.g. due to paralysis, tremor, or temporary injury) use their Android devices by voice. For help using Voice Access, see Voice Access support. Voice Access provides voice commands in three categories: Basics and navigation from any screen (e.g. “go back”, [...]

Tens-of-Millions Worldwide to Benefit from Highly-Accurate, Low-Cost, Captioning Services

HILLIARD, Ohio - April 12, 2016 - PRLog – IDEAL Group, Inc. today announced that it was selected to develop the world’s first commercial multi-lingual/dialect, speech-driven, real-time captioning service. This unique cloud-based service will offer tens-of-millions of consumers and organizations worldwide, low-cost captioning services that are impressively accurate. Contributing to the accuracy of the captions is a “crowd-based” caption-correction feature. This feature enables [...]

Microsoft Takes Six Billion Dollars From Android

By Ewan Spence A long time ago, Microsoft MSFT +0.00% purchased Nokia's Devices and Services division. In the period between the deal being announced and the deal closing, Nokia’s engineers pushed out one last hurrah. The Nokia X range of handsets, powered by Nokia’s own fork of Android, tied into Nokia’s ID system as well [...]

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: A Closer Look At App Permissions

Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow is exciting in many respects, offering a slew of great features and functionality. The new app permissions are among the highlights, so they deserve a closer look. With the new OS version, Google completely overhauled the way apps and users can handle permissions. With previous versions of Android, if an [...]

Google roasts critical twin Android bugs in new Marshmallow OS

Privilege escalation and remote code execution feature in fourth droid patch run. Google has patched two critical remote code execution vulnerabilities as part of a suite of seven fixes in its fourth round of Android patching since August. The over-the-air updates set to hit Nexus, Samsung, and Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices first for [...]

New Android update fixes two critical vulnerabilities

By Russell Brandom | on November 2, 2015 03:12 pm | Email | @russellbrandom Android is getting a new patch today, fixing a total of 23 vulnerabilities including two critical issues. The most serious of the vulnerabilities allows remote code execution through email, web browsing, and MMS. The patch also fixes a newly discovered vulnerability in [...]

BlackBerry’s New Android Smartphone Could Be Its Last Device

BlackBerry Ltd.’s new Android phone hitting the market this week could be the company’s last attempt at making its devices profitable before ending production. The Canadian company has unveiled several new phones in the two years since Chief Executive Officer John Chen took over, but none has managed to stop hardware sales from falling. Chen [...]

‘I was born armless, not brainless’

By Tanya Wood Former lawyer, city councillor, court disputes tribunal referee, hospital board chairman and spare-time boat builder Foxton Beach resident Rod Haines has not let the grass grow under his feet. “Being born without arms gave me a slightly different life and it’s been pretty colourful,” he says. “I was getting like The Old [...]

Dashboard: Open GL Version

Relative number of devices that support a particular version of OpenGL ES. Note that support for one particular version of OpenGL ES also implies support for any lower version (for example, support for version 2.0 also implies support for 1.1). OpenGL ES Version Distribution 2.0 59.8% 3.0 36.8% 3.1 3.4% Data collected during a 7-day [...]

Dashboard: Screen Sizes and Densities

Relative number of devices that have a particular screen configuration, defined by a combination of screen size and density.   ldpi mdpi tvdpi hdpi xhdpi xxhdpi Total Small 3.6% 3.6% Normal 6.9% 0.1% 40.6% 20.4% 15.8% 83.8% Large 0.3% 4.9% 2.3% 0.6% 0.6% 8.7% Xlarge 3.0% 0.3% 0.6% 3.9% Total 3.9% 14.8% 2.4% 41.5% 21.6% [...]

Dashboard: Android Platform Versions

Relative number of devices running a given version of Android Version Codename API Distribution 2.2 Froyo 8 0.3% 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread 10 4.6% 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich 15 4.1% 4.1.x Jelly Bean 16 13.0% 4.2.x 17 15.9% 4.3 18 4.7% 4.4 KitKat 19 39.3% 5.0 Lollipop 21 15.5% 5.1 22 2.6%   [...]

Smartphones, Apps Liberate The Blind And Visually Impaired

By Pete Carey San Jose Mercury News MORGAN HILL, Calif. — Ruben Morales, a blind 59-year-old retired engineer who lives in this Silicon Valley city, has used a specialized screen-reading program for years to write and run spreadsheets on his desktop computer. But recently, he figuratively cut the cord to his desktop and joined the [...]

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition With Android Leaked

By Adnan Farooqui on 08/09/2015 It has been rumored for a long time that BlackBerry could launch a handset that’s powered by Android, in fact the company’s first flagship device for 2015 is expected to come with Google’s mobile OS. Recently the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition was launched and while it runs BB OS 10 [...]

Stagefright, a virus that makes your Android devices spy on you

Zee Media Bureau In what could be termed as the single largest security update for mobile phones in history, Google will be patching bugs for Android called ‘Stagefright’. “My guess is that this is the single largest software update the world has ever seen,” Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security at Google said. “Hundreds [...]

Motorola DROID Turbo 2015 is Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ready; Leaked images reveal wireless charging, Snapdragon 810 and Adreno 430 Read more:

Another handset from DROID line, Motorola DROID Turbo 2015, is said to be already in the works. New images of Verizon-exclusive handset appeared online and suggest that a wireless charging feature will include on the device. The additional image of the rumored Motorola Droid Turbo 2015 has been recently posted by HelloMotoHK.  Based on the [...]

Android Stagefright Vulnerability Fix: How To Protect Your Phone

Jaries Villavicencio The recent Android vulnerability, Stagefright, is putting over 950 million Android phones susceptible to an attack, and Google reassures the Android community that they are moving quickly to address the current danger. An exploit which allows hackers to gain control of your device by just sending a message without even knowing is a [...]