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Google has launched virtual braille Talkback for blind people to help use their smartphones more efficiently. Pixabay

Google has launched a new braille keyboard named TalkBack to simplify smartphone typing for those who are suffering from visual impairment.

“TalkBack braille keyboard is a new virtual braille keyboard integrated directly into Android. It is a fast, convenient way to type on your phone without any additional hardware, whether you are posting on social media, responding to a text, or writing a brief email,” Brian Kemler Product Manager, Android Accessibility said in a statement on Thursday.

The keyboard by Google is rolling out to all devices that run Android 5.0 or later. Pixabay

TalkBack keyboard uses a standard 6-key layout and each key represents one of six 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,” Kemler added.

It works on all Android text fields – from Docs to Gmail to text messages – and also offers the way to delete letters, words, add lines as well as submit the text.

Also Read: Certain Video Games Improve Visual Attention: Study

The keyboard is rolling out to all devices that run Android 5.0 or later.

To enable it, just go to Settings > Accessibility and select TalkBack. One can see full instructions on the Android Accessibility Help website. (IANS)


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