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TALKS & ZOOMS Accessibility

Mobile content now accessible

Nuance TALKS app for mobile handsets converts text on the screen into highly intelligible speech. Nuance ZOOMS is a sophisticated screen magnifier app. Together they provide blind and low-vision impaired individuals access to the digital world.

The benefits

Filling a critical need

In today’s world, mobile handsets are used for far more than just talking. You can view web pages, send and receive SMS text messages, and access other media content—as long as you can see the tiny screen on your phone. However, for blind or low-vision users, that’s not an option.

Providing access to content

With Nuance TALKS & ZOOMs, blind and low-vision users can take advantage of most features available on their mobile phones, including contacts management, caller ID, and text messages, access to the web, e-mail and calendar application as well as other screen content and more.

A versatile solution

Nuance TALKS supports a variety of phones from the classic number keypad over full QWERTY. Nuance ZOOMS supports phones with the SymbianTM S60 3rd/5th Edition and with the Symbian^3 platform.

Amazing Access

Empowering the vision impaired by providing them access to most handset features.

Highlight features
  • home screen information
  • contact directories
  • caller ID
  • calendar
  • text messages
  • email - via the built-in mail app
  • web content via the Nokia web browser
  • navigation via Nokia maps software
  • many 3rd-party applications


Introducing a whole series of innovations including support for a new generation of touch screen phones brought by Symbian3.

TALKS Version 5.50
  • Vocalizer 5.61.2: this version includes the latest updates from ongoing Vocalizer product development, with various improvements across several languages and voices.
  • Better support for Standby-screen icons such as missed calls, new messages and voicemail.
  • Improved focus in notifications on the Standby-screen when using the Nokia theme.
  • Improved virtual-keyboard support when entering a WLAN-Key.
  • Improved recognition of North American formatted phone numbers.
  • Added support for conference "drop call" and "private" screens.
  • Reduced stuttering of screen contents when initiating phone calls.
  • The "Repeating caller ID" setting is now used for 2nd incoming calls.
  • Browser: Improved recognition of page elements that can be clicked/activated.
  • Email (Symbian^3): Message reading support after recent application updates.
  • MP3 Player (Symbian^3): Improved detection of main window to avoid repeated reading of time.
  • WhatsApp: Improved Recognition of additional screens.
TALKS Version 5.31
  • Improved automatic reading of "call waiting" screen (when TALKS is muted)
  • Improved support for reading emoticons
  • Improved support for unlabeled icons in various applications
  • Improved support for recent versions of the Nokia Browser (interaction with controls, etc.)
  • Improved HTML5-style controls support in the Nokia Browser
  • Improved support for WhatsApp messaging software
TALKS Version 5.30
  • Support for Nokia Belle operating system upgrade
  • Improvements to email reading functionality such as access to links and attachments and ability to explore the "inbox view" with touch
  • Improved support for Nokia Maps on touch screen devices
  • Support for WhatsApp messaging software

Note: Nuance TALKS&ZOOMS Version 5.50 is a free upgrade for all Premium Edition licenses generated after November 13, 2007. In particular, this means that it can be installed by any customer who is currently able to run version 4.11 or 5.x without requiring a new license.

Note: Screen magnification using ZOOMS and Automation is not supported on Symbian^3 handsets.

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Free trials

Nuance offers a free trial demo package that you can download from the link below and install on your supported mobile phone. Important: Nuance TALKS and Nuance ZOOMS only run on this list of phones, which use the Symbian Series 60 and Series 80 operating system.

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