After Android, iOS devices to get Gboard's Morse code option

Joanna Estrada
July 13, 2018

Using the Morse code keyboard, Gboard users can input text using the dot and dash buttons instead of the regular QWERTY keys.

If you cast your mind back to Google I/O which took place in May this year, you might remember seeing Tania Finlayson who, with the help of her husband Ken and Google, developed a Morse code implementation into Gboard to help people with cerebral palsy and other conditions which can make it hard to type.

Google has brought Morse code to its Gboard for iOS mobile keyboard, enabling iPhone users to access a vital communication tool. The company also announces that it is adding "improvements" to Morse code with Gboard for Android, but it doesn't actually articulate what exactly is being added to improve the experience.

Morse code is a common communication system that uses dots and dashes, enabling individuals to rapidly convey information both visually and audibly.

Morse code for Gboard includes settings that allow you to customize your keyboard to fit your needs.

"Gboard for Android lets you hook external switches to the device, so a person with limited mobility could operate the device", Finlayson added. No worries: Google has created a game, which it says can help you learn how in "less than an hour". The Morse Typing Trainer is available on iOS, Android, and the desktop. Finlayson uses a machine that she can control with head movements to communicate through Morse code. "Now, if anyone wants to try Morse code, they can use the phone in their pocket. Just by downloading an app, anyone anywhere can give communicating with Morse code a try".

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