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Catching Up: Android TalkBack 5.1 Adds Smattering of Enhancements; Ends Support for Pre 5.0 Devices
J.J. Meddaugh Thursday, 19-Jan-2017 6:57 PM ET
Recently, Google's Eyes-free team released version 5.1 of the TalkBack screen reader for Android devices. This version is the first to only run on Android 5.1 and newer, which encompasses most current devices. Those running Android 4.4 or earlier received a bug fix release, version 5.0.7, which is said to be the last for these devices.
Bug fixes since public beta
The status bar icons on some Huawei devices can be read again with Talkback.
The loss of focus when typing on virtual keyboards has been fixed.
Volume adjustments during the phone call are now only applied to Lollipop and Marshmallow devices.
The battery charging status is announced again when plugging and unplugging the device.
On Jelly Bean and Kitkat devices the keyboard shortcuts that are not used by TalkBack will be passed onto the operating system.
TalkBack 5.0.7 contains no new features, only serious bug fixes.
Here is the list of new features and bug fixes in TalkBack 5.1.
Gestures and Keyboard Shortcuts
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.
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