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Android Accessibility Suite 7.2 Update Brings New Features to TalkBack

Nov 21, 2018
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We have great news if you have been waiting for an update for Android Accessibility Suite. A new update just rolled out bringing the app version to 7.2 for Android. There are a ton of new features and options available in the Android Accessibility Suite update.

If you have not heard about this app before, it is all about bringing assistive services to your tablet or phone. Google renamed TalkBack back in June to Android Accessibility Suite, so if you used TalkBack then you pretty much know what this app is all about. We have all of the latest details about the Android Accessibility Suite update to version 7.2, so read on to learn more details.

Android Accessibility Suite Version 7.2 Adds New Features

We are really excited about all of the new features that have been added to Android Accessibility Suite in version 7.2. There are some additions to the Select to Speak option which gives you the chance to highlight text and then have that text read to you. There is also a new multitasking feature which is experimental in this update. With this multitasking feature, you can open up another app or scroll down as the Select to Speak feature is in use. This is a great experimental feature because it allows you to scroll ahead and see what other text you would like to be read to you.

There are also changes to the TalkBack screen reader in the Android Accessibility Suite 7.2 update. A lot of the navigations and controls have been changed to be more simple. If you are in the continuous reading mode, you can now swipe right or left.

Swiping right will fast-forward and swiping left will rewind. You can enable the continuous reading mode just by clicking “Read from Top” within the context menu. There are even more changes that have been made to the TalkBack screen reader in this Android Accessibility Suite update, and we wanted to tell you all about those too.

Android Accessibility Suite 7.2 Brings New TalkBack Features & More

There are other changes to TalkBack that you will find in the new Android Accessibility Suite 7.2 version. You will notice that “Headings and Landmarks” changed on webpages to just “Headings” as the navigation setting. You can just use the local context menu in order to navigate the landmarks. If you are going into the “Controls” you will notice navigation has been improved too. There is now radio buttons, toggles, sliders, and check boxes within the controls.

Beyond that, you will notice that the shortcut for “Dim Screen” is no longer there if you are on Android 8.0 or higher. You also will be able to turn off the “Enhanced Focus” setting from within the Settings if you prefer to keep that off. The Enhanced Focus setting was first introduced in version 6.2 of TalkBack, and there is now the option to disable it with Android Accessibility Suite version 7.2. There are also changes that were made to the text editing options found within Android Accessibility Suite version 7.2.

Android Accessibility Suite Version 7.2 Adds Text Editing Options & Redesign

You will notice that in the Android Accessibility Suite version 7.2 update, you will have more options when it comes to text editing. Not only do you now have more options, but the entire text editing section has been redesigned and improved. The first thing you will note is that there are more actions in the menu that you can choose from.

These actions include next, copy, paste, highlight, delete, undo, previous, and more. The menus themselves are different and have been redesigned to allow you to stay within the context as you navigate through it. There are both the local action menus and global action menus that you can choose from. Other changes include basic performance enhancements and scroll arrows that will show up for those items that are scrollable.

You will find all of these new changes in Android Accessibility Suite version 7.2, which is available on Google Play Store right now. The Android Accessibility Suite can be found by going into your “Settings” and then choosing “Accessibility” on the screen. There is also a new app icon for Android Accessibility Suite version 7.2. Once you have tried out the update, we want to hear in the comments below what you think about it. Do you like all of the new changes and new features that have been added to this app? What else would you like to see added to the Android Accessibility Suite in the future?