Fire Phone – full suite of accessibility tools

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Fire Phone – full suite of accessibility tools

Blind and visually impaired

Fire phone - Blind and visually impaired Accessibility option image

Blind and visually impaired Accessibility Option [ image source :]

Screen Reader, powered by IVONA Text-to-Speech
Screen Reader provides spoken feedback to describe the actions that take place on your screen and features IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voices.

Explore by Touch
Explore content on your Fire phone using accessibility gestures to navigate item-by-item as well as by dragging a finger over items on the screen. When Explore by Touch is enabled, Fire recognizes shortcut gestures that help you quickly access context menus and accessibility settings.

Adjustable Reading Speed
Control how fast your Screen Reader speaks. The rate at which Screen Reader and Explore by Touch feedback is spoken can be set to one of five different speeds of your choice.

Explore by Touch Tutorial
Fire phone’s Explore by Touch tutorial helps you master useful gestures for operating your Fire when Explore by Touch is enabled.

Video: Amazon introduces the Fire Phone, its first smartphone with accessibility

Low Vision

Fire Phone Low vision Accessibility Option image

Low Vision Accessibility Option [ image source :]

Screen Magnifier
Take a closer look with Screen Magnifier. Easily activated with a triple tap on the screen, Screen Magnifier allows you to pinch to adjust the zoom level on your phone while the display is magnified, as well as swipe with two fingers to pan around the page.

High Contrast
The text and background colors used on Fire phone provide high-contrast color combinations to make it easier to view your content and use your phone.


Fire Phone - Hearing impaired Accessibility Option

Hearing impaired Accessibility Option [ image source :]

Closed Captioning
Watch your Amazon Instant Videos with closed captioning displayed. Look for the CC icon when shopping for movies and TV shows. Captions are not available for all titles.

You can also customize how your closed captions appear for Amazon Instant Videos and for web videos in the Silk Browser (when available for the title), including text color, size, opacity, font style, edge style, background color, and more.

Customize your closed captions settings for Amazon Instant Videos by visiting Subtitle Preferences at

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)
Fire phone has a Hearing Aid Compatibility rating of T4/M4 and is compliant with the FCC Hearing Aid Compatibility requirements.

A phone is considered hearing aid compatible under FCC rules if it is rated M3 or M4 for acoustic coupling and T3 or T4 for inductive coupling. These ratings are given on a scale from one to four, where four is the most compatible.*

TTY Mode
Use Fire phone with your TTY. TTY Mode offers Full, HCO (Hearing Carry Over), and VCO (Voice Carry Over) options. Some TTY models may require a TTY adapter (sold separately) to connect to your phone.

Stereo to Mono Audio
If you are using a single ear bud or have hearing in one ear, simply switch the Stereo to Mono Audio setting to mono on your phone to direct all audio through a single channel.


Fire Phone - Mobility Accessibility Option

Mobility Accessibility Option [ image source :]

Amazon Voice Assist
The Dictation feature and voice input on your Fire phone helps you take notes, send text messages, make phone calls and more, simply by speaking.

One-Handed Navigation and Shortcuts
Use one-handed navigation and shortcuts: tilt, auto-scroll, swivel and peek to access menus and links for quicker, easier navigation. With auto-scroll, you can scan a long web page or multiple pages of a book without ever having to touch the screen.

Low Motion Mode
With Low Motion Mode, you can turn off tilt, auto-scroll, swivel, peek, and Dynamic Perspective features so that the way you look at and hold your phone will not automatically launch any actions or panels.

Fire Phone
Manufactured by: Amazon