Google releases new tool to scan Android apps for accessibility issues

Google logoFor anyone designing Android apps, Google just released a tool that will help make your apps more accessible for all users. The company's new Accessibility Scanner looks at any Android app and will call out aspects of it that could be improved, particularly for differently abled users. The app will even suggest ways you can alter things for the better.

It seems pretty simple to use: just download the Accessibility Scanner to your mobile app, go to Settings and Accessibility, and turn on the Accessibility Scanner tool. You can then open the app you want to test and press the small blue button appearing on the screen. The tool scans that screen and then provides ways you could improve design elements all over that screen, including larger text, color choices, navigational tools, and more.

Long-pressing the button will let you move it to a different screen in the app, and you can keep scanning from there. These improvement suggestions are meant for both developers and users alike, since you could benefit from simply increasing your mobile device's text size or something similar.

Google releases new tool to scan Android apps for accessibility issues

Google already has guidelines on how developers can make their apps more accessible for all users. The Accessibility Scanner seems to be an extension of this that is quick and easy to use and that anyone can play around with to potentially improve their Android experience. The Accessibility Scanner is available now for free from Google's Play Store..

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, smartphones

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