February 23, 2021
Google Builds Braille Android Keyboard that Doesn't Require New Hardware

Google Introduces a Braille Keyboard for Android that Doesn’t Require New Hardware to Use

Google has created a new braille-enabled keyboard for Android mobile devices that won’t need any additional hardware to use…

Usually, typing for blind or vision impaired persons requires a cumbersome braille computer or another peripheral. To say the least, it isn’t ideal. But, Google has seeming come up with a nifty solution. The tech company has built a braille keyboard for Android that does not rely on external hardware.

Google Builds Braille Android Keyboard that Doesn’t Require New Hardware

Google took the time to collaborate with braille users, along with developers, to create the new feature, so it should be familiar to anyone who has used braille before: 

“It uses a standard 6-key layout and each key represents one of 6 braille dots which, when tapped, make any letter or symbol. To type an “A” you would press dot 1 and to type a “B,” dots 1 and 2 together.”

The keyboard is compatible with any text field within Android, also allowing users to delete letters and words, add lines, add lines, or submit text. It works through TalkBack, though some of that program’s gestures aren’t supported. To use the new braille Android keyboard, go to Accessibility > TalkBack > Settings and then select Braille keyboard. Currently, it only works with braille grade 1 and 2 in English.

William Boleys

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