Google Rolls out Virtual Braille Keyboard for Android

Google Rolls out Virtual Braille Keyboard for Android
Google’s accessibility options on Android simply acquired loads higher with the addition of an in-built digital Braille keyboard. The firm says it collaborated with braille builders to supply a unified typing expertise throughout apps to assist folks with visible impairments.

“Today, braille displays make typing accessible on most phones and computers through a physical braille keyboard. But it can be time-consuming to connect an external device each time you want to type something quickly on your phone.”, wrote Google on its weblog put up.

Google says the typing expertise on its digital Braille keyboard will nearly be the identical because the bodily Braille keyboard. Hence, there gained’t be a big studying curve for individuals who’re used to typing Braille.

The keyboard makes use of an ordinary 6-key format. Each key within the format represents one of many six braille dots. These dots are used to kind letters or symbols. The keyboard may be toggled on or off identical to you usually swap keyboards after you allow it.

To allow the braille keyboard, go to your cellphone’s Settings ->Accessibility ->TalkBack-> Settings. Detailed directions to setup and configure the TalkBack Braille keyboard are current here.

The keyboard helps varied helpful gestures. To be particular, swiping left deletes a letter, a 2-finger swipe to the left deletes a phrase. You can add an area by swiping proper whereas 2-finger swipe proper switches to a brand new line and 2-finger swipe up submits the present textual content enter.

TalkBack Braille keyboard helps Braille grade 1 & grade 2 and is now accessible on Android telephones with model 5.0 Lollipop or later. The language assist is initially restricted to English however we may anticipate Google so as to add assist for extra languages sooner or later.

Just like TalkBack Braille keyboard and Sound Amplifier, we hope Google additionally pushes its much-needed Live Caption accessibility function to all appropriate telephones relatively than touting it as an unique flagship function.

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