For visually impaired people, typing on their smartphone is not that much of an easy task. We use our smartphone to send text, read messages and do a whole lot of stuff. But that’s not the case with disabled people. Visually impaired people are required to use a physical braille keyboard every time to type a message on their device.
Google has now launched a new braille keyboard for visually disabled people to make typing earlier for them. This will make Android accessible to a wide range of people including visually impaired ones.
The talkBack braille keyboard is a new virtual braille keyboard integrated directly into Android. Google team along with braille users and developers had developed this virtual app for Android to make things easier. This braille keyboard layout has 6 keys representing 6 braille dots which can be used to type any letter or words. By using a combination of these dots, visually impaired people can easily write short or long messages on their Android devices.
This braille keyboard from Google will be integrated into the keyboard app and users can also turn off this feature by tapping the ‘switch keyboard’ button.
“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.” You can find more instructions on using the new keyboard from here.
Below you can find how the new braille keyboard in Android works.
After enabling Talkback, Go to Accessibility > Talkback > Settings and from here select the Braille keyboard and start using the new keyboard. Also, note that it only supports braille grade 1 and 2 in English as of now.
Source: Google Blog