Google announces a braille keyboard called TalkBack integrated directly into Android.
Over 150 years ago, with the invention of braille, blind people were able to read and write. With the advent of the digital world, there are braille displays available on most phones, but a physical keyboard has to be connected each time one wants to type something quickly on the phone. To overcome this challenge, Google has announced a new braille keyboard called TalkBack that is integrated directly into Android.
Good news for #Android users! Google announced the launch of a virtual #braille keyboard designed to enable #blind and #VisuallyImpaired people to type on their phones with no additional hardware necessary. #BlindNewWorld https://t.co/Ov7ZUjIwrJ
— BlindNewWorld (@BlindNewWorld) April 10, 2020
After almost 7 years in tech journalism, the day has finally come. I’ve written something about Android and accessibility. https://t.co/2M3GCMlKrl
— Steven Aquino (@steven_aquino) April 17, 2020
It’s a fast, convenient way to type on your phone without any additional hardware, whether you’re posting on social media, responding to a text, or writing a brief email. In the words of Google – “As part of our mission to make the world’s information universally accessible, we hope this keyboard can broadly expand braille literacy and exposure among blind and low vision people.
— Mike Marotta (@mmatp) April 10, 2020
Google announced TalkBack on Thursday, a virtual Braille keyboard available on Android. https://t.co/RA5AxaZCsy
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) April 12, 2020
The keyboard uses a standard 6-key layout and each key represents one of six Braille dots which, when tapped, makes any letter or symbol. “To type an ‘A’ you would press dot 1 and to type a ‘B’, dots 1 and 2 together, according to Google.
Google announces that they will be rolling out a Braille keyboard for the visually impaired on Android. TalkBack – the name for the keyboard – will be featured on all Android devices running Android 5.0 or later. Swipe —> for an explanation on how it works!#Android #Braille pic.twitter.com/Lb1ykdW1pX
— TNTMAX (@TNTMAX) April 16, 2020
— Vherald (@Vherald4) April 14, 2020
It works well on all Android text fields, and also offers a way to delete letters, words, add lines as well as submit the text.
— Silicon Talent (@silicontalent) April 11, 2020
The keyboard is being rolled out to devices that run Android 5.0 or later. It’s easy to enable it, just go to Settings > Accessibility and select TalkBack. One can see full instructions on the Android Accessibility Help website.