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Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2011: 4. Code Factory Reinvents Itself

We're continuing our look at the top stories of 2011. Our panel of Blind Bargains and Serotek contributors each independently submitted their votes for the top stories of the year. This year's panel included Joe Steinkamp, Jamie Pauls, Kevin Reeves, Matt McCubbin, and J.J. Meddaugh. Here are our earlier stories in case you missed them. We're counting down the top stories of the year and will announce the number one live on Serospectives Thursday night. Number 4 takes us back to Android for a new program from a familiar face.

With the iPhone rapidly gaining in popularity and Symbian and Windows Mobile phones on a rapid decline, just about everyone knew that Code Factory had to do something, and that something was destined to be Android. But few expected Mobile Accessibility to do as much as it does given Android's then-limited resources for developers. Code Factory included a built-in web browser, an intuitive voice dictation feature, and a rather functional virtual keyboard in its Mobile Accessibility suite, giving those who either by choice or by force didn't want the iPhone another option. Though many of the features in the suite have since been duplicated by others or Google's own code, Code Factory deserves much credit for jumping on the Android bandwagon when few others were willing to do so.

Joe Steinkamp adds some further thoughts. Even more stunning was the decision to unbundle the Accessible Browser, arguably one of the best features of the MA suite, as a separate standalone download on the Android market for 1/5 the price of MA. Code Factory has truly shown that they can thrive in the new world of Accessibility. Kudos!

So Mobile Accessibility comes in at number 4. We'll cover the top 3 live on Serospectives at 9 PM on Thursday. Don't miss it.

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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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