Last October, Nokia announced at their annual Nokia World conference that they are making a FREE Screen Reader for some devices. Not Windows Phones however.
The Screen Reader software is co-developed by long-time Nokia developer Code Factory who are known for their own screen reader ”Mobile Speak”. They actually made an app before it was possible to make a screen reader on Nokia devices called ”Mobile Accessibility”, so it was a natural choice for Nokia to let Code Factory be the main developer of the new screen reader.
This screen reader will be compatible with 3 devices at launch, the Nokia C5 (5 megapixel version), Nokia 700 and 701 with the Symbian Belle Operating System. The supported languages are, at launch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
There are no indications of a Windows Phone 7 implementation of a screen reader.
Nokia’s screen reader will be available before next year and can be freely downloaded via the Nokia Store.
On the Nokia Store there is now an Accessibility section to find apps that can help people with disabilities (e.g. Apps like Vlingo speech recognition that can send SMSes, Twitter messages, etc. with the user’s voice).