Google Introduces a Braille Keyboard for Android

The Google Talkback keyboard on an Android phone.Google

Today, Google announced a new keyboard, called TalkBack, for Android. But it’s not like the keyboards that the company introduced before …this one is for braille users.

Usually, to enter Braille, you need to connect an external device for use in Braille. This can be time-consuming and inconvenient, especially for quick messages on a phone. Thanks to Google’s new TalkBack keyboard, it’s not necessary for Android phones (running Android 5.0 or later).

To accomplish this seemingly impossible task of creating a Braille touchscreen keyboard, Google worked with Braille users and developers throughout the process. It uses a standard 6-key Braille layout, each key representing one of the 6 Braille dots. When you hit the right combination, you can create any letter or symbol.

The keyboard works wherever you can type and you can delete letters and words, add lines and submit text. You use the same process to change the international keyboard to activate and deactivate the keyboard.

Google is deploying the keyboard on devices running Android 5.0 or later as of today. To activate the keyboard, open “Settings”, go to “Accessibility, then select” TalkBack “. Google has released full instructions on its Android Accessibility Help Website.

via Google

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