Improving Accessibility with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

There are new ways to interact and experience the S8

Samsung DeX Photo Courtesy Samsung Newsroom 

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were designed with the goal to break barriers. From the most tech-savvy users to those that simply wants the latest and greatest mobile device; the Galaxy S8 offers a full-range of intuitive functions for every user.

This is according to Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.


‘’With the Galaxy S8, Samsung has introduced several new ways to interact with and experience a phone. “Some mobile users might require a desktop-like experience to fully utilise their phones, while others seek intelligent interface and commands that makes operating their phone easier,” Fleischer says.


Navigate Your World with Bixby

Bixby is an intuitive and intelligent user interface that gives Galaxy S8 owners a completely new way to interact with their phone. Bixby Vision offers an advanced array of capabilities featuring image-based searching and shopping – the next frontier in smartphone navigation.

Functionality on the Go with Samsung DeX

Samsung DeX allows users to enjoy a desktop-like experience with their Galaxy S8. Samsung DeX was designed to increase mobile productivity, helpful to those who experience difficulties typing on a smartphone screen, navigating apps on their phones, or seeing content. Samsung DeX has the solution because it allows users to control their phones on a larger display and to operate the phone with their input of choice, such as a keyboard or mouse.

Higher Contrast, Improved Legibility

Although Samsung’s High Contrast Theme was originally developed to assist users with reduced vision capabilities, users without such difficulties are finding it very useful. High Contrast Theme effectively reduces eye fatigue and improves text readability by increasing the visibility of lighter content on darker backgrounds. This becomes especially useful when reading content in dark environments for extended lengths of time.

Different users prefer various brightness levels, contrast settings and colour palettes which is why Samsung will continuously add and update Galaxy compatible themes available for download at Samsung’s Theme Store.

Enhanced Visual & Auditory Assistance Functions

“To ensure the Galaxy S8 is as user-friendly as possible, Samsung included several unique solutions which controls more detail over the phone,” says Fleischer. “A built-in magnifying glass conveniently allows users to read small font, which reduces eye-strain and enhances the user experience for those with vision difficulties.”

The Galaxy S8’s Voice Assistant function lets users conveniently interact with their device and when you press an icon on your smartphone, a single tap will give auditory information of the item and a double tap will open it, concludes Fleischer.

For Galaxy users with hearing impairments and mobility restrictions, the Galaxy S8 offers various convenient solutions for easier smartphone operation. The Sound Detector function picks up a variety of sounds, from a baby crying to a doorbell ringing, to give users on-screen notifications or vibration alerts. With the Universal Switch function, users can also personalise their preferred device interaction method, choosing to either tap the screen, use the front camera to detect head movements or add a compatible, external input device.


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