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Android Accessibility Model


As is the case with the rest of the platform, Android accessibility is highly customizable. A large part of accessibility is about customizability, so Android has a huge edge here. If Android doesn’t have a system setting that suits a specific need, then any developer can create a custom accessibility service to fulfil that need. We’ll take a cursory look at this in the “Viewing the accessibility tree” activity later. Because of the wide variation in handsets and software versions available, for the avoidance of doubt, I’m using a Google Pixel device running Android 10.

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    Google has also made Material Design available for iOS, but this is the wrong type of consistency. Using Material Design on iOS means a far greater context switch for users when entering/leaving your app. Using Material Design on iOS will result in a less accessible app. Google warns against this in Material Design’s accessibility guidelines, at the same time as encouraging Material Design’s use on iOS.☺

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Whitaker, R. (2020). Android Accessibility Model. In: Developing Inclusive Mobile Apps. Apress, Berkeley, CA.

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