AAC Apps for Android

Submitted by willwade on December 19, 2011 - 16:30

Every now and again I like to do a quick hunt on what's going on the Android AAC marketplace. I do intend to create a database on this site in the same way as the iDevices one but before I jump in and do it I do need to rethink some of the AAC categories and definitions. In the meantime here is the brief list that I have been referencing as AAC apps on Android. Please comment below or drop me an email if you have any other Android tip-offs! NB: 8 of those are already on the iOS Appstore (AAC SpeechBuddy, Sono Flex, Voice4U, Alexicom, Lets Talk, Powwow Talk, Discover MyVoice, TapToTalk).

It's also worth stating that the NovaChat 7 and 10 are Android devices - but it doesn't look like you will be able to install and run these apps on your own Android device which is a shame,

In-tic is an open source application that, originally designed for the desktop, provides a grid type interface. Recently they have produced an Android platform that can be found here.

Of course the big feature of Android over Apples devices is that its free for anyone to develop on and a developer has the ability to customise all sorts of aspects of the device - e.g. the input method. As such there is a plethora of interesting keyboard designs and access methods popping up. The most obvious to mention is SwiftKey which is making some big impressions of Android users (and interestingly powers the prediction system in The Grid 2 software). Also take a look at Flext9 which offers a range of different input options in one. So - tie you're favourite keyboard/access method with one of the Text To Speech systems listed above and you have yourself a pretty nifty combination.

Mobile112 is also worth a mention. It's not an AAC piece of software per-se but does have pre-defined phrases to use and bundles a number of useful features into one app that could be useful for those with dyslexia and impaired speech. On a similar note Pocket SLP has been designed to help correct articulate of words.

Also, any discussion of Android wouldn't be complete without mentioning Tekla; the Software and Hardware project allowing Android phones to be more accessible with a range of input options.

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Submitted by Vidmantas (not verified) on February 7, 2012 - 14:29

as part of my semester project at EPFL, I've developed another free fully featured application that is unique by fact that it converts a sequence of icons into natural language (speech), including tenses, inflection, gender. There are 5000 icons.

It's still quite early release, and I will try to keep developing it further, but it's more than usable in French, and could be used in English for simple phrases.

https://github.com/vidma/aac-speech-android

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