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Smartphone for older people offers simplified software
29th February 2012
Republic of Ireland
A NEW smartphone especially designed for older users has been announced, with the aim of helping senior citizens join the mobile internet revolution.
It is the first smartphone from specialist manufacturer Doro. The device, which features a slide-out keyboard as well as a touchscreen, runs an adapted version of Google’s popular Android software.
The firm has developed its own, simpler interface, which it calls ‘Experience’, and is recommending apps that it thinks older users will find particularly useful.
The Swedish company made the announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the mobile industry's annual get-together, alongside a slew of announcements mainstream manufacturers such as HTC, Nokia and Sony.
A new report (Monday 14 April 2014) funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion.