RIM launches BlackBerry Screen Reader for visually impaired users

BlackBerry smartphones have known to provide easy and great accessibility to their users and today Research in Motion has added another feather to its cap. 


The Canadian giant has today announced the release of the BlackBerry Screen Reader app which is being brought out for the blind or visually impaired BlackBerry users. 

BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on visual information displayed on a BlackBerry smartphone thus helping its users to not feel lagged behind compared to other users as the app is integrated into the Native BlackBerry Apps and comfortably use their Smartphone. 
Key features of BlackBerry Screen Reader include:
  • Support for core applications – Users can easily access core BlackBerry applications including email, calendar, phone calls and more.
  • Speech settings – users can customize the text-to-speech settings (volume, pitch and speech rate) and preferences for punctuation, verbosity and password security.
  • Keyboard shortcuts – Users can set speech and audio preferences quickly and easily through (physical) keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessible documentation – User Guide available in accessible HTML through a desktop web browser
BlackBerry Screen Reader is available for BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones. The application is available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and can be downloaded from here