Smartphones are a prized asset for travelers, and whether you are on your first trip away or you are a frequent traveler, then you’ll find that they come in handy. There are a ton of Android travel apps that help you look up information, search for and book the best flights, understand a new language or simply help you get the best travel information about your destination.
Smartphones running on the Android operating system come with a lot of perks. One of them is hidden in plain sight, and few people use it – the curious ones –; It’s the accessibility setting. Embedded in between the system settings, accessibility options differ from phone to phone depending on your model. Other options are mandatory across the Android platform, and hence most devices have them. If you haven’t already taken advantage of the feature found in the accessibility settings, here is what you have been missing out.
Device interaction control
Before we dive into the interaction control that’s is found on Samsung Galaxy devices, let’s look at those on other Android devices. Interaction control provides a way in which you can act upon your device. The android system has a ‘Caption’ feature in the accessibility settings. This feature was designed to help those people with difficulty in hearing; anyone else can also try it. Captions appear like subtitles in movies/ what you see when you enable captions in YouTube. You can also set your language apart from English and also customize how the text and captions will look like.
Samsung devices offer interaction control to another whole new level. They let you block specific areas of the screen you don’t want to touch such as the status bar, change screen timeout and also turn on and off the gesture motions. LG refers to them as ‘touch control areas.’
This is one of the most known hacks in the smartphone realm. Even iPhone users have it. This feature lets you zoom/magnify an area on your device. It pretty much works like zooming in google maps. Using this feature, you can read tiny writings without your glasses and even double the zoom when using the camera. After enabling it in the accessibility setting, you need to triple tap the screen quickly to zoom. To zoom temporarily, triple tap and hold. Other instructions on how to use it are given every time you enable it.
These options also depend on the device you are using. In the general android system, they include; font size, display size, contrast text, auto rotate the screen, speak passwords, mouse options, and an end call option. With these options, you can customize your device to display your apps and text the way you like. You can even add the accessibility shortcut in the power menu options.
Ever wished your smartphone could read your articles? Yes, it can. Combining these feature with the google text to speech engine, your smartphone will become your ultimate reader. What’s cool is that you can set the speech rate and pitch to your preference. You can also use other languages apart from English provided you have installed it.
Color inversion and correction
This is another way of using negative colors on your android device. White turns to black, and black turns to white. Other colors may appear whacky and to be sure you may not like some. For your visual needs, there are three to six color correction modes depending on your device; Deuteranomaly (red-green), Protanomaly(red-green), Tritanomaly(blue-yellow), Deuteranopia (green), Protanopia (red) and Tritanopia (blue).
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