24 April 2019

Air Navigation Pro: 5 Android Accessibility Features that are Useful for Navigation

Air Navigation Pro: 5 Android Accessibility Features that are Useful for Navigation

More than just about any other product of technology, smartphones, and tablets have driven the adaption of new functionality and technology into the hands of users. Whether used for entertainment, communication, business, education, these gadgets have contributed greatly to our world today.

With the emergence of navigation apps using the integrated capabilities of the device, paired with other connected devices in the cockpit, there's no doubt that these devices and their apps have become indispensable to pilots.

While it's safe to say that it has made our lives easier, some of its purposes are bigger than we realize; such as helping people who are differently-abled have equal access to the technology that we have.

These often under-appreciated Accessibility features, built within the software of these smartphones and tablets, contain a variety of controls. These are designed to benefit users to maximize their usage of their device and to provide solutions for different kinds of situations.

But in case you didn't know, these features are also useful for navigation. Here we share our top 5 most useful functions that could help you in-flight.

1. Split Screen 

This feature allows you to run two apps at the same time. To launch the Split-screen mode, you need to open one app first. Then, touch and hold the recent apps button. After that, the app that you opened will be minimized, dividing the screen into half for you to choose the second that you will be using.  You'll notice that the icon will change to indicate that you're in split mode.

You can adjust the size of the screen by adjusting the blue slider in the middle.

The same goes if you want to exit split-screen mode. All you have to do is press and hold back the "recent apps" button.

What makes it useful for navigation? 

Since it allows you to run two apps simultaneously, then you could work on two things at the same time. While navigating, you can work on something without having to take your eyes away from your air navigation app.

2. Magnification Gestures 

You can have a more zoomed-in display on some certain parts of your screen when you turn on Magnification gestures. Once enabled, you can zoom the screen by tapping three times. You can also pan by dragging two or more fingers anywhere on the screen. It can be adjusted by pinching two fingers together or apart. To zoom temporarily, tap thrice and hold your finger on the third tap. You can drag your fingers to move any part of the screen. To go back to the default view, you can just lift your finger down. 

Note: You can't zoom on the keyboard and the navigation bar.

What makes it useful for navigation? 

With this feature enabled, it magnifies the moving map temporarily and it will allow you to pinpoint on certain areas on the map like airports, reporting points, terrain, obstacles and more. 

3. Colour Adjustments

This is useful for users who are sensitive to colors or brightness and for those who need some help to see the details clearly in different light conditions. Whether you want a warmer tone or a black UI background, you can customize it in the display settings. This provides a better visual preference, which is good for night flying. 

In order to invert the background color, enable Colour inversion under Display.      

In order to have a warmer tone, (which is great for your eyesight) enable Eye Comfort and adjust the color temperature. 

What makes it useful for navigation? 

This provides a better visual reference when you're flying at night or low light conditions.

Did you know?

Air Navigation Pro has a night mode option to enhance the moving map for night flying. You can find it in the Map options menu. In the same menu, the specific brightness for Air Navigation Pro can be also set quickly and easily. 

4. Select to Speak 

Select-to-Speak is a built-in screen reading feature that allows your device to read on-screen content. You can enable the Text-to-Speech function. Once enabled, you will just press the icon and it will read what's on your screen.

To activate Select to Speak, go to Settings >> Smart Assistance >> Accessibility >> Select to Speak

Once enabled, a new icon will appear next to the "recent apps" icon indicating that Select to Speak is enabled. Every time you want the device to read the text, you have to tap that icon, then a play button will appear.

What makes it useful for navigation? 

Being in the cockpit involves a lot of multitasking. Let your device read out important information about a specific airport or a NOTAM whilst you can keep your eyes on the horizon. 

5. Text Adjustments 

Another useful feature in Accessibility is being able to customize how you'd like the text to be displayed. For a clearer look, you can adjust the size and the text contrast. 

In Accessibility menu, toggle on the "High-contrast text". By enabling this, it increases the colour contrast of the text, making it more distinct.

In order to adjust the text size, go to Display >> Text size 

Adjust the text by dragging the slider below. 

What makes it useful for navigation?

Customise the text contrast to your own preference to help ensure text on varying colour backgrounds, such as charts, are easy to read. 

We hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions or there are other useful features that you'd like to share with us, please leave a comment below. You can also send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at sharmaine@airnavigation.aero.

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team


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