Accessibility assessment in mobile applications for android

Patricia Acosta-Vargas, Luis Salvador-Ullauri, Janio Jadán-Guerrero, César Guevara, Sandra Sanchez-Gordon, Tania Calle-Jimenez, Patricio Lara-Alvarez, Ana Medina, Isabel L. Nunes

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At present, the lack of adequate methods to test whether a mobile application is accessible has become a major challenge for accessibility experts. This study was applied to ten mobile applications, the most popular according to PCMAG. We propose to use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 through manual review and automatic review with the Google Play Store Accessibility Scanner validator for the Android. The evaluation results of the mobile applications indicate that the applications are not accessible because they do not comply with the minimum required level proposed by WCAG 2.1. The research proposes suggestions to improve and raise awareness among the designers of mobile applications, in such a way that more inclusive mobile applications accessible to all types of users are built.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction
EditorsIsabel L. Nunes
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-20040-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-20039-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.


  • Accessibility
  • Accessibility Scanner
  • Assessment
  • Mobile applications
  • WCAG 2.1

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