AppleVis Extra 80: State of the Disunion - Android versus iPhone in 2021

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, host Dave Nason is joined by four great guests for a fun, detailed and balanced discussion about the state of both Android and iOS today, in particular of course for blind and low vision users.
Dave is joined by Warren Carr of the Blind Android Users podcast and mailing list, Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services, plus Scott Davert and Alex Hall from the AppleVis editorial team.



Submitted by Dennis Long on Sunday, February 28, 2021

As someone who has both Apple has better accessibility. This is especially true if you are a keyboard user. Apple it just works if you see the thing on the screen you can click it. The other good thing about Apple is the screen recognition which is an awesome feature.

Submitted by Mister Kayne on Monday, March 1, 2021

Really insightful. I expected a android V/S IOS war but this discussion/ podcast was an very educative one that not only discussed the differences in both the OS; but also helped understand where each OS is better than the other in a meaningful accessibility approach. My experience with android was short lived with a phone I got from Motorola; approximately 3 months of use. I did not find any slag in using the phone, but the number of gestures to deal with was overwhelming and not that simple to remember being a primary IOS user. I understand it becomes muscle memory once you have been using the device for a long period but I did not find it very appealing to engage with at that time. Now, for the sake of learning and adapting to the android OS, I wish to buy a phone but ideally something in the size of a 12 Mini, would catch my fancy. My search is still on for the right size with at least 8GB RAM and a good processor and the latest OS and accessibility suite by Google, any leads will be appreciated

Submitted by Mister Kayne on Monday, March 1, 2021

Sorry missed out this point in my last comment. The android OS is open to threats since you can download the apps. from anywhere not necessarily from the Google Play Store and this is a challenge as the apps. are not wetted for malware and other privacy concerns. Here is one up with IOS that your privacy is well protected and the chances of your phone being vunnerable to threats is almost 0

I don’t kno if it has changed, but when I asked some friends about it they told me android OS has no good solutions for more complex audio editing , like we do with Hokusai, Goldwave, Ferrite and Garage band,and dealing with text, like we do with Scrivener, Drafts, Notebooks and other apps. This is the main thing which prevents me from going past the bridge to the android side. I’m also a heavy keyboard user.

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

In reply to by WellF

the gold wave app on android is accessible with talk back, though I do not know of any other audio editors such as that one that is accessible.

with both the Samsung version and Google version of talkback, you can indeed change the keyboard shortcuts for the screen reader if you have an external keyboard connected. Do note however, there is no quickNAV- like solution.