Gboard lets you communicate in Morse Code

Gboard's Morse code keyboard in action.                  Screenshot by Gordon Gottsegen  CNET

Gboard's Morse code keyboard in action. Screenshot by Gordon Gottsegen CNET

The Morse code keyboard on Gboard allows people to use Morse code (dots and dashes) to enter text, instead of the regular (QWERTY) keyboard. Google has been very intentional about that and one of the things that they developed is to have Morse Code available in their Gboard virtual keyboard. Finlayson helped Google's team design the keyboard layout and more. The input method that is useful for those with different communication abilities was initially launched in beta for Android devices at Google I/O 2018 in May. "Developing communication tools like this is important, because for many people, it simply makes life livable", she said.

Let us know in the comment section whether or not you know Morse code - if you haven't tried be sure to check out Google's rather good tutorial. 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. With Morse code for Gboard, people like Finlayson can type and use their phone using only dots and dashes. One of the tech developers who collaborated with Google on this project, Tania Finlayson, shares how it came about and her own personal journey with Morse Code itself. The keyboard maker has also built a game that you can play on your Android or iOS device or on your desktop to develop skills to work with Morse code.

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It is worth noting here that the latest Gboard app requires iOS 10.0 or later and is sized at 147.5MB.

Morse code for Gboard includes settings that allow you to customize your keyboard to fit your needs. "Just by downloading an app, anyone anywhere can give communicating with Morse code a try".

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