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article imageNokia create challenges to make apps for visually impaired

By Robert Kingett     Nov 26, 2013 in Technology
Chicago - Accessible applications on cell phones, even in today's age, are hard to come by. Developers either don't want to include accessibility or don't consider that disabled people may want to use their applications.
Accessibility is often an afterthought in mainstream companies, except in the case of a few such as Apple, Verizon, and others but Nokia hope to build awareness and a desire regarding accessible apps on windows phones via their Nokia Create contest.
Many blind people attest that Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do in regards to mobile accessibility. Nokia’s contest will increase the accessible application market on windows phones as well as raise awareness of the need for such apps.
Nokia is hoping that their Nokia Create contest will encourage developers to make more apps for the Windows Phone platform. Nokia create is a competition that encourages development of a wide range of apps for Windows Phone 8 and Nokia Lumia.
There are eight categories for apps, and one of them is to make apps that are accessible to the visually impaired. Developers can submit apps that are as basic as adding vibration to the compass or as complex as using the built in camera for image recognition. There are ten categories of apps that Nokia is looking for. These include "Image and Photo, Near Field Communication, Maps and Places, Music, Cross-8, Fun and Games, Work Life, Freestyle, Nokia Lumia Devices, and Remote Device Access." Developers have until December 15 to submit their apps.
Developers can submit new apps or apps adapted from other platforms. Contestants can also submit apps that they update to make more accessible for people with limited vision.
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