Anyone else notice that HTC forgot to add accessibility apps?

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  1. adrynalyne
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    Epic mess up.

    I wonder if it will expedite an update. I would guess, yes.
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    eh i never need them tho.
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    This isn't about those that don't need them.
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    Just thinking out loud about this, can HTC get sued?

    The Droid Incredible contains a menu for accessibility options. Us Droid users would recognize this as the place to enable soundback, kickback, and talkback accessiiblity programs.


    HTC left the menu there, but no programs. So I am just wondering, if someone disabled really wanted to push and shove, could/would HTC have a legitimate lawsuit on their hands for false advertising?

    I honestly don't know, but wanted to see what other folks thought about it.



    First thing on my todo list once the DI is rooted is remount the internal storage.
    Second thing on my todo list is to get rid of that lame empty menu.

    Please note:

    Its not about whether or not if you care if these options are there or not. Just the legal ramifications.
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    Doubt it.



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    no period, What possible remedy could someone seek? You can file a lawsuit but it will get thrown out before it even reaches trial courts.
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    Anyone can sue anyone for anything. It doesn't mean anything.
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    there is a security function where u have to drag your finger across the screen in a certain pattern to unlock it
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    That would be in Menu> security
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    What would the suit be based on?
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    False advertising of the worst kind:

    Listing the option in the phone menus, yet not supplying it. Discrimination against the handicapped. I'm not a lawyer, but this kind of stuff has been in lawsuits before. For all those who think it couldn't happen, explain why you feel that way?

    Come on folks, I was looking for a meaningful discussion, not single sentence answers with no thought put into them ;)
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    Not sure of your familiarity of the law, but none of the things you've mentioned are false advertising or even deceptive trade practices.
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    Yeah thats not anything to do with this.
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    Really?


    Listing an accessibility menu, with no way to use it isn't false advertising? Please explain.

    Thats not unlike listing an icon for an internet browser, yet it not actually be there.

    Surely the Verizon reps aren't telling people "Oh, ignore that menu, its just for looks".
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    Whining.....Very popular these days..:icon_eek:
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    I won't go into detail about everything regarding the issue, nor am I looking to create an argument. This is just what I understand about false advertising and deceptive trade practices. FWIW, I am a marketing graphic designer for a major consumer electronics company. Everything I do day-to-day is reviewed by legal for the exact reasons we're talking about, so I have a small amount of experience with this part of the law, but I'm not a lawyer, so I very well may be wrong.

    HTC nor Verizon uses this feature as a selling point for the phone. You are free, and encouraged, to try the phone out in stores prior to purchasing. The missing items weren't statements HTC or Verizon FALSELY claimed about to get you to purchase the phone. Therefore, I do not think this would even make it to court under a False Advertising or Deceptive Trade Practices basis.
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    Oh I am not looking to argue, just trying to understand. I'm not saying anyone's opinion here is right or wrong.


    What about discrimination against those with disabilities?
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    Cool, just making sure it didn't turn into an argument :)

    As for discrimination against those with disabilities, I don't really have any experience with that since I mostly work with the web. But it seems like something that may be fixed with an update.

    Also, a lot of this may be covered in the Terms of Service we agree to when we buy a phone and service with Verizon. Verizon and the phone manufacturers may be protected. However, I've never actually read the entire thing, lol.
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    Thanks for the discussion :)
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