CIO Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
Daily Briefing for Technology's Top Decision-Makers
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Thursday, April 24th 
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Enterprise Software
Enterprise Hardware
Big Data
Network Security
Cloud Computing
CRM Systems
Data Storage
Operating Systems
Communications
CIO Issues
Mobile Tech
Chips & Processors
World Wide Web
Business Briefing
After Hours
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Mobile Tech

Samsung Intros Galaxy for Visually Impaired

Samsung Intros Galaxy for Visually Impaired
December 16, 2013 1:50PM

Bookmark and Share
There is a FCC requirement for every carrier to sell a certain number of devices like Samsung's Galaxy Core Advance designed with visually impaired people in mind. Samsung's Galaxy Core Advance phone hits the target. You can’t force people to buy these devices but you can force the carrier to have them available, said analyst Roger Entner.

Barium Ferrite Is The Future Of Tape: Barium Ferrite (BaFe) offers greater capacity, superior performance, and longer archival life compared to legacy metal particle (MP) tape. Click here to learn more.

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. Samsung’s 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 “convenient usability functions and enhanced accessibility features” 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 device’s 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 a certain number of devices designed with visually impaired people and people with hearing aids in mind.

“This phone hits the target,” he said. “You can’t force people to buy these devices but you can force the carrier to have them available.”

Specs-wise, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS for improved location accuracy and NFC with S Beam so users can share information such as YouTube videos, contact details and audio files with a tap. Other features include S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play and Easy Mode.

The Galaxy Core Advance sports a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The device runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will debut early next year in deep blue and pearl white.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Mobile Tech
1. Opera Coast Offers Safari Alternative
2. What Might an Amazon Phone Offer?
3. OnePlus One Boasts Android Weapon
4. Samsung: $2.2B Too Much for Apple
5. Review: Windows Phone Advances




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Cisco, IBM Launch Internet of Things Consortium
3. Salesforce CRM Gets Industry Specific for Internet of Customers
4. Intel Bets on Cloudera for Big Data Analytics
5. SAP HANA Data Warehouse App Gets Faster Analytics

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  IBM Targets Big Data with Power8 Line
  Opera Coast Offers Safari Alternative
  FCC Defends Internet Traffic Proposal
  Fund Seeks To Head Off Heartbleeds
  Salesforce Developing App SOS Button

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Tech Giants Fund Initiative To Prevent Future Heartbleeds
Can more funding prevent Heartbleed vulnerabilities in future open-source software? A new Core Infrastructure Initiative at the Linux Foundation is attempting to find out.
 
What Verizon's Data Breach Report Can Teach Enterprises
It’s probably not a jaw-dropper, but cyberespionage is officially on the rise. And the use of stolen or misused credentials is still the leading way the bad guys gain access to corporate information.
 
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Navigation
CIO Today
Home/Top News | Enterprise Software | Enterprise Hardware | Big Data | Network Security | Cloud Computing | CRM Systems
Data Storage | Operating Systems | Communications | CIO Issues | Mobile Tech | Chips & Processors | World Wide Web
Business Briefing | After Hours | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 CIO Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.