Nokia today at their annual Nokia World conference announced that they are making a FREE Screen Reader for some devices. Not Windows Phones.

The Nokia Screen Reader

This initiative by Nokia to create screen reader is something many will be happy about.

The Screen Reader software is co-developed by long-time Nokia developer Code Factory. Who are known for their own screen reader ”Mobile Speak” and they actually made an app before it was possible to make a screen reader on Nokia devices called ”Mobile Accessibility”, so it was a natural choice for Nokia to let Code Factory be the main developer of the new screen reader.

Compatibility

This screen reader will be compatible with 3 devices at launch, the Nokia C5 (5 megapixel version), Nokia 700 and 701 with the Symbian Belle Operating System.

The supported languages are, at launch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Nokia tells us that they are looking in to bringing screen reader technology to feature phones as well. Which might indicate the newly announced ”Asha” series. Since ”Asha” means ”Hope” in Hindi we can at least hope so.

While feature phones was mentioned, there were no indication at all of a Windows Phone 7 implementation of a screen reader. No hope here for now.

Availability

Nokia’s screen reader will be available before next year and can the be downloaded via the Nokia Store. For FREE!

And on the Nokia Store there is now an Accessibility section to find apps that can help people with disabilities. Apps like Vlingo a speech recognition app that can send Twitter messages with your voice and much more. (A bit like Apple’s Siri)