New accessibility features included in Android 8.0 Oreo

Recently we have seen major technology firms increasingly introducing accessibility features into their products in order to respond to the demand of persons with disabilities. Given the current relevance of mobile devices to access information and services, the implementation of these features is critical in the process of decreasing the digital divide and promoting a more inclusive ICT environment.

Following this trend, the new version of the operative system Android 8.0 Oreo was released adding two additional options, which are separate volume controls and a new accessibility shortcut. The first feature is intended to optimize the audio experience by separating media volume from accessibility volume, and the second consists in a quick access navigation bar to use services such as magnification.

The update is currently available only in beta phase, however further distribution will soon take place. It is important to emphasize that the announcement of accessibility features as part of the main components of consumer software updates denotes the relevance of addressing the needs of persons with disabilities as a competitive market strategy.

Sources: GAATES and Team Android