Galaxy Core Adance

New features for disabled and visually impaired users in latest Samsung mid-ranger

Samsung has today announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy Core Advance. With a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch WVGA display, a 2,000mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the show, the Galaxy Core Advance doesn't stand out much in terms of specs. But Samsung is highlighting a range of new accessibility options on this device, designed to make it easier to use for disabled users and those with visual impairments.

A new optical scan feature uses the camera to recognize text, and reads it aloud. A new light-sensing feature can detect the direction and brightness of light. And an instant voice recorder app allows users to make quick spoken notes. "Screen curtain" allows the device to be operated with a black screen, "to ensure privacy and save battery life." A voice-guided camera app can also provide audio feedback on the picture being taken, for example giving the number of faces detected in the image.

The Galaxy Core Advance also sports a soft-touch plastic rear, much like the black Galaxy Note 3, in place of the glossy plastic more commonly found on Samsung smartphones. And there's a Galaxy S4 Active-style physical button setup on the front of the device, presumably to allow users to more easily feel each button before pressing.

Samsung says Galaxy Core Advance will be made available in "deep blue" and "pearl white" color options early in 2014.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

 

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Samsung Galaxy Core Advance brings new accessibility features

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Kudos to Samsung for addressing this market. However, manufacturers need to go one step further and design phones for those with physical disabilities as well as sight and hearing ones.
My husband is paralyzed from the chest down and had no use of his hands. He types and does all manual tasks with a mouthstick that has to have a rubber tip. There are no longer any phones (that we can find, anyway) that have touch sensitive (as opposed to capacitive) screens.
I realize that he is part of a very small target market. But, being able to use a phone would be a life-line for him and would allow him much greater freedom and independence.

I'm sorry if that is not possible for some reason but did you already try it with a capacitive stylus/pen for smartphones and tablets? There are many that have a tip that is very rubber-like.
Best Wishes :)

The Note 3 has a rubberized stylus, additional controls to increase touch sensitivity, and it works on the soft buttons as well.

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Dammit man, I am a commenter not a clairvoyant!

I also believe, and can ask since I deal with this segment on a professional level, that you can get a subsidy for the phone on a state or federal level.

Part of everyone's cell phone bill goes into funds for this and for deaf/blind.

It is the one part I have no problem paying.

If you need any help feel free to email me.

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Dammit man, I am a commenter not a clairvoyant!

Thanks for the offer. For us, the cost of the service or device purchase isn't an issue but I'm sure there are many others who could benefit from it. Our issue is even more basic; the availability of usable devices.
I don't know about other US carriers, but AT&T requires a data plan on all smartphones. If you want to use a smartphone but cannot use it for more than calling, you can get a medical release form signed by a doctor and they'll allow data to be turned off. A moot point for us because, again, there aren't any usable devices.

Thanks for the suggestions.
An electric current is necessary for capacitive screens to work. A stylus works by transmitting the electric current from the hand, through and conductive shaft, to the special rubber like material on the tip. My husband's mouthstick consists of a mouthpiece molded from denture material, a graphite stick, and a rubber pencil eraser. All three of these materials are non-conductive and therefore won't work on capacitive screens no matter what type of added functionality is built into the software. It's like trying to use the eraser end of a #2 pencil on a phone.
The only type of screen that does work for him is one designed for touch by pressure. This is how early cell phones worked. In fact, he currently uses a 6 year old Samsung phone (way pre-Android) that has this capability. He also has a knock-off Android (gingerbread) tablet that works via pressure. Both of these devices are on their last legs and we have found nothing that will work to replace them.
In an age when technology is progressing so quickly, it's frustrating that people who need it the most are getting overlooked.

Have you considered single switch access? I work with a lot of disabled people and adapted technology and I've found that iPhones paired with a devices such as Tecla Shield provide a very robust way for disabled people to use phones. I know that since you are on this website you probably prefer android (as do I) but iOS has some great accessibility features that blow android out of the water (unfortunately).

Tecla Sheild also works with Android, additionally, check out RJ Cooper .com or broadenedhorizons they both have come up with solutions or google search captive touch screen mouth stick, they are now coming into the market such as:Touchtec-Multi-function-Capacitive-Screen-iPhone

yeah it does but the android support is terrible. I've spent extensive time testing both and iOS's built in switch support is way better

Believe it or not, "giant screen" does not equate to "more usable for the visually impaired". In fact, depending on a persons condition and the aids they use, a giant screen can be one hell of a hindrance.

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This isn't even giant. It is smaller than the s4.

And with a bigger screen, you can use bigger icons hence making them easier to see without overlap

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Dammit man, I am a commenter not a clairvoyant!

If its also for the visually impaired as well as other disabilities what is a wvga 4.7 inch screen all about wouldn't a better quality screen like a 4.7 super amoled screen or something

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WVGA is the resolution, while SAMOLED is the screen technology.

Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.

I like the features but why not use the latest version of Android?

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Putting that kinda stuff in takes a ton of time and has to be flawless. You take the most stable available at the time, not the one with the most *potential* bugs

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Dammit man, I am a commenter not a clairvoyant!

Thanks but no thanks. I'm a visually impaired user and I'd still rather use a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3. Heck, I'd still prefer a Galaxy Note 2 or even a Galaxy S III over this depressing new offering.

I know I'm in the super minority, but I still use my HTC desire as an mp3 player, and I miss physical buttons. My gs4 would love me more if all 3 buttons were of the physical type. :)

derp

Herp

I don't think I could go with all three being physical

You should have gone for the active

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Dammit man, I am a commenter not a clairvoyant!

just to make it simple for everybody.. when Alex says "visually impaired", Samsung meant this rings and bells for those that are 100% blind.
If you're 100% blind, you can put a 70" screen in front of you and you couldn't see it, hence the tailored software and hardware features.