Android 13 will at long last include built-in braille support without the need to download a separate app. The feature was announced by Google's Nimer Jaber during a session at this year's IO conference.
According to Jaber, braille support will allow for similar controls to the TalkBack screen reader, and will include additional commands, improved navigation, and a new connectivity module. Currently, users need to download the separate BrailleBack app, which has received limited updates and lacks support for many modern displays.
Jaber went on to demonstrate using a braille display to send a message using GMail, including typing and editing commands. Braille support is also tied in to the existing braille keyboard input method, which allows for typing using braille on the touch screen. Braille support will be available in Android 13, coming later this year.
You can watch the What's New with Android presentation to learn more about this and other features.
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