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Most of us take modern wireless communications for granted. But not everyone finds mobile devices easy to use.
At Motorola, we make every effort to ensure that anyone who wants to use our products can do so. Our designers work hard to improve accessibility features for people with disabilities, including hearing or vision loss, and limited dexterity or mobility.
Tens of millions of people in the United States, and many more in our overseas markets, fall into these categories. Our commitment to universal wireless access aims to help all of you.
Meeting Everyone’s Needs
Everyone’s needs are different. To offer the best experience we can, we provide a wide range of product features to meet specific types and degrees of disability.
We don’t design these products in a vacuum. To understand customers’ needs, we talk to disability advocacy groups, standards agencies and research organizations. We also work closely with manufacturers of devices for people with accessibility needs, so that their technology is compatible with our products. And our designers draw on resources about accessibility needs through a dedicated intranet site.
DROID™ by Motorola – the latest in accessibility
The Android operating platform is expanding communications frontiers for people with disabilities. The DROID™ by Motorola family of products (names vary outside the U.S.), for example, not only boast cutting edge design but also embeds many accessibility features for users with vision needs, including:
- A large backlit touch screen and/or keypad with raised keys
- Talkback - navigate your device with this guide that speaks the labels or names of items
- Text-to-Speech Readout of Caller ID - so you know who is calling
- Voice Search - use voice commands to search the web
- Voice Typing – verbally compose a text message or email message
- Screen Magnification feature – enlarge content on all screens
State-of-the-art features in our latest tablet, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 in the U.S. or Motorola XOOM 2 outside the US, that promote accessibility, include an optional stylus and optional Bluetooth keyboard. The tablet also includes an advanced predictive text feature that allows you to write text more quickly and easily by predicting words from the first few letters typed. It comes with a high contrast screen mode and web browser zoom feature, and supports communication with accessibility software programs.
Access Features in Focus
So what accessibility features do we offer people who need them? Some are highlighted here, by need, and you can read more on our Accessible Mobile Devices page or by browsing the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) database for each device.
- CrystalTalk™, a mobile device technology that compensates for background noise
- Telecoil speaker for hearing aid wearers
- VibraCall® Alert and Video Chat capability
- Text Messaging
- Support for video chat
- Verbal readouts of screen information, including caller ID, voicemail alerts, and battery level
- Keypad depression feedback (haptics for touchscreen)
- Brightly backlight displays and high contrast
- Bluetooth® headset with MotoSpeak™ technology that reads out text messages in real time
- Easy to open clam shells or sliders
- Predictive Text Entry
- Bluetooth compatibility
- Auto redial when system is busy (carrier dependent)
- Voice recorder
- Picture caller ID
- Time-independent user responses
- Customized ringer alerts to identify incoming callers