Make any Android easy enough for Grandma to use

Android can appear to be a bit too complicated for some users, including Grandma. This app makes it seem easy.

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For some users, especially older users, smartphones are nothing less than an intimidating device. The same is true for iOS or Android, but for the latter, the customization options can appear to complicate things even more.

Luckily, Android users have the advantage of being able install launchers or customization packs to change how a device looks and works.

Enter Wiser.

Wiser is an Android launcher built to "dumb down" a smartphone, making it easy enough for Grandma to use. Using a combination of big, bright buttons, a simplified notification display, and an app drawer, Wiser is perfect for less confident smartphone converts.

After installing Wiser, you'll need to set it as the default launcher for the device, and grant it permission to access notifications (only on devices running Android 4.3 and up). Your device will then be outfitted with large buttons, a dialer that's comically large (in a good way), a custom contact app, and the ability to add app shortcuts.

Currently in beta is a Wiser companion app that allows users to receive remote support from his or her own smartphone. Meaning, no longer will Thanksgiving be the only time of year when you're required to give the most basic-of tech support. You're now on call at all times. Wait, maybe this app isn't such a good idea after all.

The best part is the app is free, and available in the Play Store.

Via MakeUseOf.

 

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