Starting today Google is rolling out a new keyboard that will enable blind and low-vision users to type in braille without using special hardware. This new TalkBack braille keyboard is integrated directly into the Android. And so, you can use it wherever you want either writing an email or responding to a text.
With the launch of this keyboard, Google mentioned that anyone who is familiar with braille or who has typed using braille before will be able to use this keyboard very easily. Once TalkBack is turned on in the Accessibility section, you’ll swipe up with three fingers to open the keyboard.
It has a standard six-key layout, and each key represents one of six braille dots. To type an “A” for instance you’d press dot one, and to type “B”, dots one and two together. As of now, this keyboard is only available in English and is only supported on Android devices running on Android 5.0 or later.
With the launch of this keyboard, Google has solved a major problem for low-vision or blind users. Until now, typing in braille requires users to connect an external device. And now, users don’t require any external hardware to type on their Android device which is really a good step from the tech giant in its mission to provide access to technology to everyone.
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