TalkBack - what is this program, what is needed and how to work with it
Apparently, the creators of the Android operating systems have not bypassed people with disabilities, as Microsoft specialists have done when developing Windows. One of the built-in tools of this type in the "Android" is the applet TalkBack. What kind of program it is now will be considered. Separately, let us touch on the main features, settings and basics of working with this application.
TalkBack: what is this program?
This applet is hardly useful for an ordinary user of a modern smartphone or tablet based on the Android OS. It can be used, rather, as a kind of entertainment. Alas, it quickly bothers, besides, by default it is in the active state and consumes system resources.
But it is people with poor eyesight or some other health problem that can take advantage of all the advantages and amenities offered by the TalkBack program. What is this program for? Basically in orderto make the process of using a smartphone or tablet more comfortable when the applet gives out not only pop-up hints, but also helps the user in carrying out certain processes, for example, voicing every action or pressing a certain button.
Some basic features of the application
But before starting the process of familiarization with the basic principles of operation and settings, we will consider some important advantages that every user who is going to use the TalkBack application should know about. What is this program in terms of its capabilities? Just look at their list, and everything will immediately become clear.
So what does this applet do? Among all that he offers, the following can be noted separately:
- Fast conversion of any text to speech and vice versa, including the ability to recognize information in text files or on web pages;
- Sounding each key while typing;
- sounding the basic information about the subscriber when an incoming call;
- simplified list scrolling;
- sounding of applets launched at a certain moment;
- customize gesture control;
- modifying or creating hotkey sequences;
- adjustment of tone and sound volume due to the proximity sensor;
- ability to create action reports;
- multilingual support;
- activation and use of additional features.
Settings group for speech
Of course, the above list is not all that this application is capable of, therefore the question of how to work with TalkBack on Android should be considered in more detail.
If you call up the applet on your device, you should immediately pay attention to the settings of the "Speech" group. Here are the following options:
- speech volume - four installation options (at the volume level set in the system, 75, 50 and 25 percent);
- tonal change during sounding - a tool that reads text with a selection or different from the main formatting with a decrease in the tone of the voice (clickable elements, links, buttons, etc.);
- voice acting keys - three options settings (always, only for the on-screen keyboard, never);
- actions when the screen is turned off - the voice acting of actions or messages when the screen is off (disabled by default because the use of this service may confuse the user);
- distance sensor - a setting that is responsible for instant speech interruption (for example, when holding a hand in front of the sensor);
- shaking - five ways to activate the reading of the entire contents of the screen (shaking force);
- Voice AON - voice reading information when an incoming call, which is impossible to read from the screen;
- voice of phonetic symbols - when you long press a key with a letter, the system first pronounces the name of the symbol itself, and then its phonetic counterpart for better listening comprehension;
- Text sound is a tool that allows, after reading an element with a pause of a couple of seconds, to additionally give hints on its use (“Press and hold”, etc.).
Parameters for signals
Configuring TalkBack in the parameters of this category contains a total of four standard parameters that are used by ordinary users.
The following parameters are offered for use:
- Vibration response - tactile perception of some objects on the screen without the use of voice acting;
- Sound response - voice or sound notification of actions occurring on the screen (for example, scrolling the contents of a window or a list);
- TalkBack volume - lowering the sounds of other applications (muting) during the main program session;
- loudness - four options for controlling the sounds of the TalkBack application (not to be confused with speech reproduction) at the levels of 100, 75, 50 and 25 percent.
- audio tips - to play additional information for non-visual work with the screen;
- autoscrolling of lists - activation of navigating through the list in the invisible part of the screen, when all its contents do not fit in one window;
- One-click selection is an experimental tool that allows you to activate selected items with one touch of the screen, and not two (as by default);
- displaying the context menu as a list - replacing circular lists with regular ones;
- touch learning - a tutorial with several interactive lessons;
- Gesture control - setting parameters for quick gestures and single or double tapping on the edges of the screen;
- personal label management is a tool for creating descriptions of unsigned objects selected by the user (for example, changing the names of buttons with the subsequent voice acting).
Here are the tools to facilitate and speed up work:
- setting shortcuts - the ability to reassign commands to key sets with the task of their own parameters;
- enable and disable the TalkBack service with one long press of a key;
- dimming the screen while the TalkBack applet is running;
- backlight setting;
- Resumption of work - the parameters of the program restart (when turning on, blocking or turning off the screen).
How to disable TalkBack on Android?
Now a few words about the deactivation of this service. To do this, enter the settings menu, select the special settings section and find the TalkBack service in the services field. Its switch simply needs to be turned off (OFF) and confirm its actions.
You do not need to use the services section in Samsung gadgets, since the TalkBack program has been moved to a separate line.
That's all for the TalkBack applet. What kind of program, I think, is already clear. The question of use remains with the user. As a rule, ordinary users will not need all these features, although sometimes some functions (say, dubbing information about an incoming call) may be useful.But for people with disabilities this application opens up the widest prospects.