Google has updated Gboard for Android and iOS with the ability to write messages in Morse code. The addition of this feature will greatly help consumers with disabilities and allow them to easily communicate with others.
Once enabled, Gboard will replace the letters on the keyboard with dots and dashes for easier typing. Additionally, the auto-suggestion bar will interpret the word being written in Morse code and offer relevant suggestions. This should make entering text significantly faster and easier for people with disabilities.
Over at Google blog, Tania Finlayson, Morse code & assistive tech developer at Google, has detailed her experience of how she worked with Google to bring Morse code support to Gboard.
My experience with the Morse code communicator led me to a partnership with Google on bringing Morse code to Gboard. Working closely with the team, I helped design the keyboard layout, added Morse sequences to the auto-suggestion strip above the keyboard, and developed settings that allow people to customize the keyboard to their unique needs. The Morse code keyboard on Gboard allows people to use Morse code (dots and dashes) to enter text, instead of the regular (QWERTY) keyboard.
For a regular Gboard user, the addition of Morse code support is unlikely to have a huge impact. But for people with disabilities, this will be a game-changer.
Download: Gboard for iOS