Device to include unique widget to showcase apps for low-vision users
Odin Mobile, a T-Mobile MVNO based in Rockville, Md., has announced that they will be selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for $329. While this is a good way for people who want a brand-new Nexus 4 to acquire one, the one from Odin Mobile is a bit special. Odin specializes in providing phones and service to folks who are blind or partially blind.
The phone itself is your standard Nexus 4, with one small addition. Odin will include a widget on the home screen that assists users looking for applications to better use the phone with any impairment they may have. The widget highlights eight special apps, and using the Android TalkBack service users can explore it by touch. As you touch a specific application, you're told the description, and a double-tap will direct you to Google Play for installation.
In addition, Odin Mobile has a free support package to get everyone up and running. Robert Felgar, general manager of Odin Mobile explains.
Odin Mobile's unique instructional package will significantly shorten the amount of time it takes people who are blind, and might otherwise have difficulty adjusting to the use of a touch screen device, to learn how to use a smart phone effectively.
This instructional package also includes a one-on-one tutorial, and a month's worth of call-in direct customer care.
Our hat's off to Odin Mobile for what they're doing here. And we also have to give a nod to the Google Android team as well as application developers who make a project like this feasible. Access for all is a very important thing. The full press release is after the break.
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