[BCAB] thoughts on android

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Fri Jun 14 11:12:42 BST 2019


Hi Laurent,

Unfortunately, I can't correct you on this.  On-Screen Braille is only
served by third party apps on Android, such as MBraille and SuperBraille,
but they are not as good as the iOS built in offering.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Laurent Cadet de Fontenay <laurentd at gmail.com> 
Sent: 14 June 2019 11:04
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on android

Hi Richard

I've recently started using and Android phone and fine that generally, with
my South African accent, Google's dictation makes fewer errors than Seeri.
I trust it much more to actually have typed what I wanted it to!

One drawback with Android for me though is that I'm a heavy user of
on-screen Braille input on the iPhone.  I can use it in noisy environments
to quickly type extremely accurately, so its pretty much my default method
of typing.  I don't think there's anything that is quite comparrable in
terms of ease of use for Braille on-screen input in Android, but I'd love to
be corrected on this!

All best,
Laurent


On 6/14/19, Richard Godfrey-McKay via Bcab <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk> wrote:
> Steve, I don't use Android, but, purely out of interest, I should be 
> interested to know how its dictation is better than iOS?
>
> Thanks,
> Richard
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Nutt [mailto:steve at comproom.co.uk]
> Sent: 14 June 2019 10:22
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on android
>
> Hi John,
>
> Actually Braille isn't as bad as people say on Android, but there are 
> issues.  It won't auto scroll in for example, Kindle, where iOS will.  
> But for regular use, it's pretty good.
>
> As for voice dictation, the voice dictation button is above the letter 
> P if I remember rightly.  Double tap where it says Voice Input, speak 
> your text, then when you're finished, double tap anywhere on the screen.
>
> Let us know what's difficult about dictation and I'll try to help, 
> since Google dictation is streets ahead of Siri.
>
> All the best
>
> Steve
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: john gallagher <john at pianotuner.plus.com>
> Sent: 14 June 2019 10:00
> To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: [BCAB] thoughts on android
>
> hi list
> phil thanks for the post
>
> i can type fine on this new phone it seems better than ios well my 
> i-phone eight. it's just that i cannot get the dictation to work on 
> the android keyboard.
>
> thanks steve for the scanning advice envision is fine and knfb also i 
> must admit because the camera on the pixel is so good i now get great
results.
>
> fantastic about the post from darran there's a great android resource 
> for us all there.
>
> now i took a look at google lennz but i did not spend much time with 
> it just wonder how best to use it.
>
> steve with google keep i must take a look on the polaris it is not 
> very good.
>
> i must say the chess bak beta slaughters me every time but again this 
> phone is so powerfull.
>
> i feel very proud of myself for getting this far with no sighted help 
> around.
>
> i will try today to connect my polaris to the new phone but i will be 
> disappointed with braille in android i know.
>
> thumbs up then
>
> again, for someone new to android you must go for something like this 
> pixel on android 9. but you will find it more difficult to cope with 
> than your i-phone at first. i will win with it though because then i 
> have the best of both worlds.
>
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