What are the best Android apps for blind people?

There is no denying the fact, especially in this day and age, that smartphones have made our lives easier. Yes, that's true for the visually impaired, too. Today, digital advancements are beginning to empower them through these apps for blind people, so they can live their lives with less help than usual.

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    #1AccessWorld

    AccessWorld

    This is the free and official application of the American Foundation for Blind's online magazine. It lets you browse and read articles from AccessWorld and contact the AccessWorld team for assistance among others. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    María Elena Blanco
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "Free apps for the visually impaired that are trustworthy are hard to come by. I really took joy in using this app from AFB because it is informative. Sadly, it's no long available."
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    #2RAY Vision for the visually impaired

    RAY Vision for the visually impaired

    Designed to help blind people navigate their Android phones, this app comes with a free user interface, a remote assistance feature, and telephone and messaging services. It also provides them with online audiobook and magazine subscriptions.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Alexander Duncan
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "My father usually uses this as a reader app for the blind. It's fairly easy to operate compared to other apps 👌 "
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    #3TapTapSee

    TapTapSee

    Developed by CloudSight Inc., TapTapSee is a free application that allows blind and visually impaired individuals to identify daily objects using the camera. It is available on Android and iOS mobile devices.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    David Carter
    Written on January 15, 2018
    "I needed an app as I have a blind friend who wants to be able to get better usage out of his smartphone. Someone recommended TapTapSee to me as an app that would be good for my friend. However, my friend has a Samsung phone (on the Android) Operating system and this is just an Apple (on the iPhone) IOS system app - so it doesn't work for my need."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that it's possible for blind people to locate objects through echolocation? While others use a white cane, a guide dog, or apps for the blind like the Be My Eyes, others rely on echolocation to navigate. Ever wondered how the blind can ride bicycles on the road, even with bumper-to-bumper traffic? That's echolocation coming into play. How does it work, you might ask. Well, to put it simply, echolocation is the process of using sound waves to locate objects in the area. As a matter of fact, bats use this to find food in the dark. But blind and visually impaired people can also take a cue from these flying mammals. One example is Daniel Kish, an American expert of human echolocation who currently serves as the President of World Access for the Blind. Some has even given him the moniker of the real Batman.

Mr. Kish has been blind since he was an infant, but that has never been a reason to stop living his life on his own terms. True enough, he follows his bliss through hiking and mountain biking. Through human echolocation, he uses sound waves to create a blueprint of his environment on his brain. Now, how does he do it? Simple: by clicking his tongue. According to Mr. Kish, the process is very much similar to how bats use echolocation - you produce a sound and the sound waves bounce back from the physical surface. This means that when a person clicks their tongue and listens to the echoes, they are likely to get a mental picture of their surroundings. It gives them an idea of the object's distance, size, texture, and density. Impressive, right?

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    #4Envision AI

    Envision AI

    Envision AI is an assistance app that helps people with eyesight problems read menus in diners, shop in groceries and supermarts, and use public transport, among others. It is aided by a mobile phone's camera.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Roy Ramos
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "Thank you technology for making mobile accessible for blind people 👏 This is one of the fastest apps out there so far and it is available in multiple languages as well. You can use this to have articles and blurbs read to you instantly.... "
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    #5Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes is a mobile app designed to help blind or visually impaired people navigate the rigors of their day-to-day. It provides them with volunteers and company representatives who lend their sight using a video call.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Margaret Gilbert
    Written on July 18, 2019
    "Other Android apps for the visually impaired have yet to match Be My Eyes. If you're looking for places to volunteer, this is also a highly respectable company to work for. The app helps a lot of people. "

Summary

Best What are the best Android apps for blind people
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AccessWorldApps 9 Paid
2RAY Vision for the visually impairedApps 2 Free
3TapTapSeeApps 2 Free
4Envision AIApps 1 Free
5Be My EyesApps 0 Free
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