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This has been an excellent discussion, though I believe the fallacy here is
in comparing Android to Apple, which is simply not a fair comparison given the
diversity of phones on the Android platform.
In my view, Apple vs. Samsung Galaxy S5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and above provide
an equal accessible experience. I would venture to say the same for using
Android with Google phones. They each have their pros and cons. However, beyond
that, when you start to consider other manufactures, then the comparison falls
on its face.
I use a Galaxy S9 with Samsung’s Voice Assistant, and I frankly have not
noticed any issues with this setup. In fact- I use Voice Assistant because of
the simplicity of the gestures. The premium TTS provided by Samsung are second
to none, in my view. There isn’t anything I have wanted to do with my phone that
I have not been able to do, including entering text using my fingers.
Some manufactures do not implement much accessibility on their Android
phones. So, if you compare those phones with an Apple phone, then of course, the
experience will obviously not be the same. It would be a more helpful discussion
to allow users to know which one of those manufactures to avoid when considering
an Android phone as oppose to the platform itself.
At the end of the day, you should choose the phone that makes you happy and
productive. But do not simply avoid Samsung and Google phones based on
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:55 AM
Subject: Re: android vs ios.
There is many
levels you can look at the differences of Android VS Apple. The underlying
Accessibility model, the SDK model, the user interface, the fragmentation of the
market of versions, how different models work. As I use both for testing and as
an user. Let me touch upon both. I am not going to say which one is better. As
this comes down to your own personal usage and needs. Some users find Android or
Apple is better for their needs.
- Android TalkBack is a separate program. If
you use Samsung, then you have to install Talkback. As Voice Assist is the
default screen reader and as far as I am concern. Has not kept up to the
changes made to the underlying accessibility framework. Talkback is better
then Voice Assist.
- Software version control in my opinion is
not as fragmented as the Android market. Any statistics out there will
demonstrate that majority of Apple phones are using the latest OS which is
supported for their device. Apple does force the upgrade. But users can opt
out of this. Android also does force upgrade. Due to the larger number of
models of phone. There is far more variation of OS versions out there.
- All iPhones work with your finger. Android
devices cannot claim this at all. In fact, one of the Android devices I am
using, you cannot use your finger correctly with the keyboard. You might be
wanting to enter in a letter ‘I”. But a different letter is enter. If you use
the stylist which comes with the phone. Then you don’t have the issue. This is
all related to the touch size area. Not all Android phones have this issue.
- You have far more flexibility with Android
than you do with Apple. Android has launch pads which you can change. I had to
do this with one of my Android models to make TalkBack work correctly when
using the angle gestures.
- Android permits you to navigate by
control, header, link, paragraph, line, word and char plus the default. Apple
does not. Apple only provides char, word, line, header. I am referring here to
native apps which are not web based.
- All the Apple phones I have used, the
gestures work without any issues. I started with the iPhone 4 and now I
have an iPhone 11. I cannot say I have had the same experience on the Android.
I have used the Google Pixcel II and Samsung Note 10 with the same problem
where the phone does not automatically detect my finger. I have to muck around
for a while before it occurs.
- Android has better keyboard support.
Apples isn’t bad, but not quite there. Android you can use the tab key to
navigate any app. Apple this does not always occur.
- I find the apple apps as a whole are far
better to use with VoiceOver than Talkback. I used Audible on both platforms.
I found a lot of issues with the Android app compared to the Apple version.
This also applies to other apps.
- Someone mention having TalkBack as a
separate app is a good thing. I don’t think this is the case. A lot of the
things I don’t like about TalkBack and Android is due to this fact. VoiceOver
is at the OS layer. Hence the interaction is far better. An example is on the
Pixcel II using Android 8.1 and still exist in Android 10. Navigating using
the left and right swipe. The focus to the next item can jump to a unexpected
location. This does occur if you are scolling. I have never seen this in Apple
using the same gesture in their settings app to scroll through the items.
Apples good interaction is all due to the screen reader being a part of the
- Drag and drop on the Apple is far nicer
than Android. Apple you get an action option. This allows you to select an
item to drag, then append another item to the drag and finally choose if you
want to placed the dragged items before or after where you want to drop it.
You are guided at each point of the interaction. Android you have to perform a
double tap and hold. Then drag your finger to the location. I find this method
- Apple gesture are easier to remember. This
is because I learnt the apple first. I don’t like the angle methodology at all
by the way. I have got to used to it. But it is very hard to remember. I have
been using it over 6 months now regularly. If you struggle in memory which
angle gesture does what, then it is a poor user experience. This is because
you should not have to think to use it. This is where in my mind apple for the
basic gesture you use everyday is easier. Left, right, up and down swipe,
double tap and the router. You can do everything just about on the
- The default TTS on apple is better than
Android. Android you can use different TTS. Apple you
The biggest issue
all both mobile platforms have is the range of object (controls) available in
the SDK. A control/object is an edit, button, link, ETC. In the
accessibility world they call them roles. Android calls them types. Apple
call them trades. An example where a role is missing is lists box or list
views. In an email program, you never know if you are on message 25 of 100.
Windows and Mac you get this information. Another example is radio buttons.
Doesn’t exist on mobile. These are just two examples.
End of the day, you
need to really spend some time with both devices to see which one works for you.
This is the hardest bit to do. Statistically in Australia majority of Low vision
and Blind users use Apple. It is over 60%. I think Android has about 17%. That
is the other consideration. I don’t know if this is the same case in other
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sunday, 28 June 2020 7:34 AM
Subject: Re: android vs ios.
pretty happy with Android but I don’t honestly use my phone all that much. I’ve
thought of trying to connect my braille display but haven’t bothered, especially
now that I have a laptop…everything I’ve heard so far suggests that it can be
done but that it’s quite a painful process, and I’m not that patient. I’m not a
fan of Apple as a company so I will probably never acquire one of their products
(though they made my first computer in the 80s, an Apple Ii E, they were a
different company then…)
firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of
Sent: June 27, 2020 1:58 PM
Subject: Re: android vs
No one has mentioned the breill support on the android is no
where as good as the I Phone. Jonathon Moson still thinks the Android phones are
behind in both the screen reader and the breill support.
On 6/26/2020 11:23 PM, Patrick Murphy
i know that this is not the forum for this
question, but maybe one of you good people might have some ideas as to where i
currently, i have an old nokia phone about
300 years of age.
i have decided to take the great leap into
the unknown and start using a modern tap screen phone.
i have a samsung android phone with
talkback on it, but it is proving to be somewhat of a trouble.
i would say, that it is just because i am
new to it, but web sites offering training tips seem to be non
also, the braille keyboard seems to be a
bit of a pain. i also dont want to have to attach a keyboard to it, as this
defeats the purpose of having a phone you can carry around with
on the other hand, i have heard, that
apple's voice over is much better.
again, training seems to be the problem. i
should be able to get my hands on an ifone.
anyone prefer one over the