Modern smartphones, like the LG G3, are built for everyone in mind. That means folks who get up every morning, strap on their FitBit and go for a run, as well as those who just need a bit of help holding something small and slippery like a smartphone in their hands. We’re not all built the same or can perform the same functions, and a good smart device knows this and allows for some fine-tuning to suit almost everyone. The G3 does an excellent job at this!
There are plenty of accessibility features built right into Android itself, but like most other things, the people who makes the phones we buy and love can (and have) added plenty of their own touches in this critical area.
- Invert colors: This swaps the dark and light portions of your screen. This makes for a slightly off-white text on black experience, and it generally easier to read.
- Color adjustment: This setting is a way to adjust the contrast and hue of the colors on the screen, making them more easy to see for the vision-impaired. While this is active, you can also adjust contrast on-the-fly by dragging your finger across the screen horizontally.
- Message/call voice notifications: These are settings that can announce your incoming messages and calls out loud, as well as read the contents of a message back to you.
- Screen shades: This is a setting that dims the LCD backlight. People who aren’t looking at the screen have no need to waste battery on a bright backlight!
- Audio type: Easy-peasy — stereo or mono.
- Sound balance: Just like any stereo, you can adjust the balance from right to left.
- Notification LED: Flash the Notification LED for incoming calls and notifications.
- Flash alerts: This setting lets you use the rear camera flash as a notification light. The flash will blink for all incoming calls or notifications.
- Call reject message: Folks with diminished hearing might not be able to talk on the phone. This setting sends a message to let the person calling you know.
- Turn off all sounds: Just as it states — turn off all the sounds.
Physical & Motor
- Universal touch: When you turn this on, you get a floating icon that when tapped, brings up a big window with options for things like volume, screen capture, power and a quick Home shortcut.
- Touch control areas: Maybe you need to hold your G3 with your thumb in a spot that would normally register as a touch and trigger something. Using this setting, you can define areas of the screen that “safe” zones and no touches will register. While Touch control areas is activated, you lose access to TalkBack, Touch zooming and Universal touch.
- One-touch input: Used for the LG keyboard, multi-touch is disabled so those who have a hard time tapping those tiny keys can go slow and steady without getting stray characters entered.