Samsung Intros Galaxy for Visually Impaired

Samsung just took the lid off a new Android smartphone that aims at the mid-market. The Galaxy Core Advance promises a Galaxy device user experience with accessibility features for visually impaired consumers.

The new smartphone offers a Galaxy-like design complete with a 4.7-inch display and a Soft Feel coated back cover that offers a soft touch to the user and promises a more comfortable grip. Samsung said the back cover also increases the durability of the device.

The Galaxy Core Advance incorporates physical keys for frequently used features. For example, there are dedicated keys for a voice recorder, camera, volume, menu, home and power functions. SamsungEUs aim is to make the phone more user-friendly for consumers who are less comfortable with a touchscreen experience.

A Phone for the Visually Impaired

But what really makes the Galaxy Core Advance stand out from the smartphone pack is what Samsung calls EUconvenient usability functions and enhanced accessibility featuresEU for disabled and visually impaired users.

Key usability and accessibility features include Optical Scan that automatically recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud to the user. Meanwhile, Light Sensing technology uses the deviceEUs camera to sense light direction and brightness and Instant Voice Recorder that offers simplified access to make quick voice notes.

The device is also equipped with Screen Curtain that makes it possible for users to operate commands on a black screen to maintain privacy and save battery life. Finally, the smartphone offers high quality TTS (text-to-speech) functionalities and voice guided camera functions to help users take pictures by reading out the number of faces detected and their standing location.

An FCC Requirement

We asked Roger Entner, a principal analyst at Recon Analytics, for his take on the new device. He told us there is a requirement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for every carrier to sell...

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