How to Enable Accessibility in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Ice Cream Sandwich brings a lot of eye-candy to the Android platform. It’s smooth thanks to GPU acceleration, and it’s sleek thanks to Matias Duarte (formerly of Danger).

What about those who can’t see well, or can’t see at all? Are all of ICS’s improvements just “skin deep”? Thanks to some improved usability and accessibility features, ICS is even more attractive to our friends with visual impairments!

As soon as you boot up your smartphone powered by Ice Cream Sandwich you’ll get the new “welcome” screen. If you trace a rectangle with your finger, starting in the upper left, you’ll immediately be taken to the Accessibility Tutorial, complete with spoken instructions. In the tutorial you’ll learn how to browse screens with your finger, launch apps, and scroll lists. After you’ve finished the tutorial, you’ll be returned to complete the setup with accessibility turned on.

Something the video doesn’t detail is how to increase your system font by navigating to the Display settings, and setting the font from “normal” to “large” or “extra large”. If you’ve got extra-good eye-sight you can even reduce the font to “small” to fit even more information on your screen.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.