Prospects for an accessible and open version of Android?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Jun 16 09:40:47 UTC 2020

I think Amanda is trying to get back to the question I originally posted.
That is, she wants to set up a cell phone with a (mostly) FOSS Android variant,
in order to have an accessible, extensible, and extremely portable computer
that is under her (rather than Google's) control.

Although she might use the Android UI for some tasks, the goal is to have a
command-line interface and a set of blind-friendly commands that she can enter
via Bluetooth, SSH, etc.  Longer term, entering commands by braille or voice
might allow her to dispense with a separate keyboard.

As my posting indicated, there are several candidates for a base OS, but it's
hard to tell which one(s) would be a good fit for this use case.  Suggestions?

- Rich Morin

> On Jun 15, 2020, at 23:59, Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at> wrote:
> I don't understand your question. An Android device is a Linux device.
> It runs on linux kernels, implements several Linux libraries. Its audio
> subsystem is driven by alsa.
> The user doesn't see this, of course, because all of that is under the
> hood, so to speak. The user interface on Android is written in Java, so
> bears no resemblance to the graphical desktop one might see on a typical
> Linux computer, typically GNOME or KDE.
> So, what are you asking? Please say more.

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