Kindle Fire 8.9″ has Voice Guide: coming to 2nd gen 7″
Well, this was interesting!
I haven’t had time to take a day just to explore my Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE Wireless 32GB, and I’m still discovering things.
I read in this
that Voice Guide and Explore by Touch are coming to all second generation Kindle Fires early next year.
I was excited to try it out. As regular readers know, I’m quite interested in the accessibility features of Kindles (especially text-to-speech).
Swipe down – More – Accessibility
I did, however, make the mistake of turning on both Voice Guide and Explore by Touch before learning more about them.
Voice Guide functions like it does on the Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi (the Keyboard line has been the only one with audible menus), pretty much. You touch something and it tells you what you touched. No problem there, and it worked well.
Explore by Touch meant that as you touched something it told you what it was…but it didn’t do anything. That makes perfect sense for those with vision challenges. However, I couldn’t quite figure out how to get it to do things at first.
If you tap it and let it announce it, then tap it again, that’s what does it.
That was quite confusing trying to swipe at first. The big problem with that? I couldn’t get it to swipe down so I could turn Explore by Touch off! However, I got the hang of it within five minutes or so.
I can see this being very useful. When I opened a book, it also plunged right into text-to-speech…nice!
Not too surprisingly, I couldn’t get it to read me a website.
However, I could completely compose and send an e-mail without vision! How liberating that might be, although speech to text would be easier, of course.
If you do have visual challenges, I’d be very interested in your feedback on this.
By the way, a quick note on another app, since the Kindle Fire 8.9″ is on a $50 off sale right now.
This appears to be only available for the 2nd gen Kindle Fire devices, but you can use
to make phone calls with your Fire! I’ve tested it a little bit…yes, for no charge, I could make a phone call, and I was told that the sound quality was pretty good.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.