INCOBS Overview

INCOBS informs about mainstream technologies for blind and low vision users. We test und evaluate smartphones, tablets and apps and report about new assistive technologies and devices.

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21.10.2013 helps picking accessible smartphones, tablets and apps

Each year, many new smartphones and tablets are released. For people intending to purchase a new device, it difficult to get an overview and make an informed choice – especially if they have special needs that require specific accessibility features. has been launched to help.



iOS, Android and Windows Phone: start screen magnified

Comparing zoom magnification on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8

The three most common mobile operating systems all offer zoom magnifiaction. We checked which one works best.


Testing Android skins with TalkBack

Many Android smartphones come with specific "skins" (graphical user interfaces) to differentiate themselves from Google's stock Android. Can blind users handle these skins?


Tablets tested: Nexus 7, iPad mini,ThinkPad Helix

Tablet test with blind users: Overview

In November 2013 we tested three tablets with blind users: Google's Nexus 7, Apple's iPad mini, and Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, a Windows 8 hybrid with detachable screen.