Sprint Announces LG Optimus F3, First Smartphone With Google TalkBack Speech-To-Text Enabled

Starting next week the LG Optimus F3 will be available on the Sprint network. This budget friendly device will cost $29.99 on contract after a $50 mail in rebate and will hit the Sprint store on June 14. Aside from its affordable price this model has the distinction of being the first U.S. smartphone to come with Google TalkBack straight out of the box. This allows visually impaired people to interact with the device easily.

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Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, announced the device at the M-Enabling Summit in Arlington, Va. and said that “Sprint is committed to providing technology that meets the needs of all of our customers. The LG Optimus F3 offers a robust list of features for any customer, and it is uniquely empowering for people with disabilities.”

Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, described the F3 as “Combining intelligent features with the user-friendly LG interface, the LG Optimus F3 allows users to easily collaborate and communicate while handling a variety of tasks or enjoying entertainment content. This device exemplifies LG’s commitment to delivering compelling accessibility features.”

LG Optimus F3 Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean
  • Vivid 4-inch IPS display with super strong Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 5MP rear camera
  • NFC
  • LTE
  • 2,460mAh battery

Additional Features of the device includes

  • VuTalk3 allows users to send handwritten messages, photos or drawings back and forth in real time to visually share ideas and collaborate.
  • QSlide 2.0 allows users to overlay up to two application windows on an existing open application, adjusting size and transparency as needed for greater multitasking functionality.
  • QuickMemo lets users add their own creative commentary to pictures or screenshots with the swipe of a finger then share it via social media, email or SMS
  • QTranslator allows users to translate words and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.
  • Multilanguage support with 53 keyboard input languages
  • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA enabled devices
  • Wi-Fi Direct file sharing
  • Android Beam to share content via Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth technology
  • LG Tag+ – preset, individual phone profiles activated using NFC technology tags
  • Quiet Mode – specify times to disable notifications for calls and messages

The LG Optimus F3 is also Sprint-ID enabled which allows it access to the Accessible Education ID pack. This allows anyone who cannot effectively read print, for whatever reason, to easily access web based educational resources on their smartphone.

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