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We believe that it is now readily achievable for telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers to make it more intuitive and easier for their Android smartphone users with disabilities to take full advantage of Google's accessibility options, add-ons and applications.
Supply-Push Market Forces are NOT self-sustainable
Not self-sustainable without ongoing push from government and society.
Supply-push employment market forces that COMPEL companies to enhance the accessibility of their products and services include:
Demand-pull market forces that drive companies to enhance the accessibility of their products and services include:
Increased operational efficiencies
Maximized net profits
Telecommunications equipment manufacturers and wireless service providers have no compelling reason to make it easy and intuitive to eyes-free/screenreader enable their Android smartphones unless there is consumer demand to do so . After all, the accessibility applications are all available for free.
Speaking Pad V1.2.2 Free A talking notepad for Android. This notepad speaks what you type.
iAugComm V1.0. 2 $4.99 i DEAL Group's Aug mentative Comm unication application is designed to enhance the communications abilities of people who are unable to speak. iAugComm provides a symbol-based method of communication that uses the Text-To-Speech (TTS) library for Android.
SMSpeaker V3.1.1 $0.99 Read your SMS messages out to you.
Talking Caller ID V1.2.1 Free Speaks caller ID information. This app is a free gift for individuals purchasing SMSpeaker and relies on functionality from SMSpeaker.
Definition of the Term "Readily Achievable"
Section 255 Telecommunications Access For People with Disabilities (Section 255) requires telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if such access is readily achievable.
The term "readily achievable" means easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense.
Market Drivers Making the Accessibility of Android Smartphones Readily Achievable (1 of 2)
Google’s development, release, and telecommunications equipment manufacturers’ adoption of a free, high-quality, open source, operating system ( Android ) for smartphones;
The ability of telecommunications equipment manufacturers to use Android for free thereby saving smartphone firmware R&D dollars;
Market Drivers Making the Accessibility of Android Smartphones Readily Achievable (2 of 2)
The availability of free, eyes-free, and speech-enabled Android applications such as:
Eyes-Free Configuration Manager
The availability of other free and low cost AT software
To enable telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers to make it more intuitive and easy for their Android smartphone users with disabilities to make their devices more accessible.