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Google’s Switch Access is Now Being Offered as a Standalone App

Accessibility has been a prime focus for most tech companies because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making their products easier to use for a wider swathe of consumers. Google has definitely been leading the charge, with its Switch Access feature becoming a great example of accessibility done the right way.

While this feature initially started off as being part of Android’s overall suite of accessibility functions, it is now being spun off into a standalone app. The app is available on the Google play store, and it can provide a wide range of features that can make things a lot easier for people with disabilities than might have been the case otherwise.


With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this app will diversify the ways in which you can interact with your touchscreen. You can use the app to highlight various things that are being depicted on your screen, with linear scanning offering you an item by item view and row column scanning letting you speed things up by scanning entire rows all at once.

Point scanning takes things further by offering both vertical as well as horizontal scanning capabilities, and finally we have group selection which scans items based on their color. Selecting a particular element will reveal a list of interactions which users can then select at their leisure.

Making products more accessible has been a top priority for tech juggernauts, but in spite of the fact that this is the case there is still a ton of progress that can be made. Spinning Switch Access off into its own app can allow Google to quickly send updates to it instead of having to upgrade the entire accessibility suite on the Android operating system.

Users can utilize a variety of input options through the app including keyboards as well as buttons connected through USB or Bluetooth. They can perform a variety of actions with the app which is a great step forward for accessibility.

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