New Accessibility Scanner for Android App Developers
By the end of 2015, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimated that there were 7,085 million mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, which accounts for 96% of the population. From this group, 3,459 million have mobile broadband subscriptions to access internet through their devices at any time and in any place.
Considering the significant impact of mobile technologies and connectivity in our daily lives as well as the growing amount of users worldwide, it is of great importance to make sure that technology services and its contents are equally accessible for everyone, emphasizing those with specific needs. This has led technology companies to generate different tools for enhancing accessibility thus becoming accessible for a broader audience, focusing mainly on the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities.
As a recent example of this, Google launched in March 2016 its new tool to help Android developers create more inclusive apps. The new Accessibility Scanner checks applications and suggests potential improvements to suit the needs of the users, such as enlarging touch targets, changing colors and other things.
The tool is easy to use and it only requires clicking a button to search through the app and find gaps for accessibility improvements. Since the Accessibility Scanner does not require any technical skills, it is recommended both for developers to check their designs and for common users to perform scans in order to request changes in the applications they use.
You can download the Accessibility Scanner here