What are Android devices and are they accessible?

Android is software that allows a number of products including smart phones and tablets to operate. Many different manufacturers, like Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, Motorola and LG, produce devices that use the Android operating system. They all use touch screen technology, which allows you to control the device using finger gestures such as flicking, tapping and sliding. It may seem daunting at first but with practice it soon becomes very usable.

Most Android devices also have built in accessibility through speech feedback and screen magnification. For example, you can use your voice to make calls, send texts, email, access web sites etc.

The screen size of the products can range from around 5 inches to 12 inches. Additional functions can be added to phones and tablets by installing 'apps' or applications. Apps which can allow you to read documents or books, identify products and locations or currency and colours, as well as keep in touch with friends and family and manage your bank accounts.

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