Since its first introduction, Research In Motion has been actively working to improve their innovative BlackBerry Screen Reader app for visually impaired and blind users. Here’s what RIM is saying are some of the new updates:
Basic Browser Support
BlackBerry Screen Reader is now revised adding the ability to have a loaded webpage read to you.
Through BlackBerry Screen Reader settings, you can now access an English help menu to provide you with additional assistance.
Additional Shortcut Features
Previously, the application shortcut (Right Convenience Key + Send) only supported email messaging. The updated shortcut is now designed to allow you to re-read a loaded webpage without refreshing your browser; it also allows you to easily read SMS and BBM messages, from the most recent to least recent message.
Additional Caller ID Screen Support
The first version of the BlackBerry Screen Reader would only read the number that was calling. The functionality has now been extended to the caller ID screen to also identify the contact’s name (if available).
Unified Inbox improvements
The unified inbox feature has been updated and now identifies Facebook® and Twitter® messages. You can now differentiate between your e-mail and social media messages.
BlackBerry Screen Reader Demo
If you’ve been wondering what the application is all about before giving it a try yourself, check out the video below, which includes a walkthrough and some tips to help get you started:
BlackBerry Screen Reader can be downloaded from BlackBerry here.