Kindle Fire

We take time to applaud companies whenever they bring new accessibility features to their devices. Amazon has just announced today that it will be bringing two new features for visually-impaired users, "Voice Guide" and "Explore by Touch", to both the original Kindle Fire and the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.

Voice Guide lets the user tap on any part of the screen and receive an audible description of that item, which is supposed to be more in-depth than regular text-to-speech. Explore by Touch lets the user swipe across the screen to receive menu names, allowing a second touch to actually do the intended action, hopefully reducing accidental launching of apps or opening of menus.

These two features were already available on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch, but its great to see them come to the whole line. Amazon expects them to head out to devices in early 2013.

Source: Amazon; Via: Engadget

 

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New accessibility features coming to Kindle Fire and Fire HD 7-inch

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Such a great tablet...completely ruined by that obnoxious interface. No way to install a launcher over it. What a waste.

Got an ASUS Transformer 700 instead. But this tablet has great hardware...especially that display.

strongly suggest not to use this feature it will drive you crazy and you have to try over and over to get back to your settings menu to change it back