This just has to come out. You know, thinking about Microsoft's Surface Duo or whatever, all I can think of it is that it's running Android. Why? Because hardware doesn't matter to me, not that much. Sure, RAM and CPU power matters to me, and disk space of course. But what really matters, what really tells me if I'm going to buy a device or not, is the OS! Why? Because accessibility. Android is crap at this. Google doesn't care. No OEM besides Samsung slightly, cares. And productivity is crap on Android where accessibility is concerned. It's just like the majority of open source software. If people aren't regulated to give a single crap about #a11y, or if they don't have people pushing for it, it won't just magically happen! And that's why I *have* to stick with Apple, on the phone side at least, if I want *productive* and great accessibility. Imagine if your souped up Linux box had awful graphics, and empty boxes where controls should be, and no one cared to fix it. That's accessibility right now, in Linux and Android. And because no one is actively being a solution to this, I don't care about it. So we can call Apple a great many awful things because corpses bad and Apple bad and money bad. But they allow me to use their phone pretty freaking well, and even are taking AI for accessibility seriously in their VoiceOver recognition stuff. You *cannot* say the same about Google, or even Microsoft, to the extent that Apple is. And Google isn't even trying. Microsoft is just slow and behind.
@devinprater Yes! I mean, I barely cared when I heard Android 11 got multi-touch support for talkback because, ultimately, Google just does not care. I've also kind of stopped trying to care about inaccessible apps. I'm gonna use what works for me, and if anybody tries to get me to use their whatever, I'll say. Make it accessible to Disabilities or go away from me forever. I use Android for testing, it's nowhere near workable, even. Frustrating!
@weirdwriter I'm glad I'm not the only one. Blind Android users make me second guess myself or wonder what I'm doing wrong. Same for the blind Linux users. But no, they just excuse the inaccessibility.
@devinprater I honestly don't understand Blind Android users at all. I really don't. It's accessible, meaning, stuff is labeled, mostly, but when Talkback glitches even just trying to read paragraphs on websites, when it moves on it's own, when it can't even focus on somethin, when it takes more time tinkering than using a device, it doesn't work. Customization sucks if the basics don't even work.
@weirdwriter Definitely! That's just like Linux!
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