[BCAB] thoughts on android

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Fri Jun 14 12:25:17 BST 2019


Hi Laurent,

I don't use Braille input really to be honest, although I'm a very fast
Braillist, I always preferred QWERTY for input.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Laurent Cadet de Fontenay <laurentd at gmail.com> 
Sent: 14 June 2019 11:43
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on android

Hi Steve!

Pity about the Braille input.  I wonder what the chances would be of
somebody, even Google, implementing a gesture on a keyboard like GBoard that
swiched to a really robust Braille input interface built into that keyboard!

I'll play around with some of the Braille input keyboards available -- so
far, I've tried ABK, but not to convinced by their implementation.
Any favourites anybody?

All best,
Laurent

On 6/14/19, Steve Nutt <steve at comproom.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi Richard,
>
> It is just much more accurate.  You can say punctuation, you can say 
> New Paragraph, and you don't get the words bleeding through the 
> dictation, it is more contextually aware, so There and There are 
> usually correctly dictated, it is just a much more accurate 
> experience.
>
> Nothing beats Google for voice dictation, live transcribe and all 
> kinds of stuff.
>
> All the best
>
> Steve
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Godfrey-McKay via Bcab <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Sent: 14 June 2019 10:38
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Cc: lists.godfrey-mckay at virginmedia.com
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] thoughts on android
>
> 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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