Android 13 beta tests out-of-the-box support for most braille displays

In the coming weeks, Google will begin beta testing a feature for Android 13 that will make it easier for Braille display users to get started. Google announced in a blog post on Thursday that the next Android 13 beta will include “out-of-the-box support” for braille displays. Braille displays are used to create pin patterns for touching text on the screen and also for typing braille. The display allows deafblind people to use smartphones and blind people can use mobile phones quietly without screen readers or voice commands.

Braille display support was already available on Android with Google’s Talkback screen reader, but now you don’t need to install another app to access the feature. Braille display users will continue to use the same functionality, such as navigating the screen using the on-screen buttons, making a call, writing an email, or sending a text message.

A person uses a braille pen to access their phone

Braille displays allow users to read dots that represent text on the screen, operate their phones, and type braille.
Image: Braille pens

In addition, Google is also creating new shortcuts with Talkback to make it easier to use Braille displays on Android. The new shortcuts make it easier to scroll to the next character, word or line, edit documents by jumping straight to the end, or try to select/copy/paste text.

If you want to sign up for the Android 13 beta, you can do so via the Google website or via the link here

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