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Gboard lets you communicate in Morse Code

13 July 2018

The announcement today is brief, with Google confirming that it is rolling out Morse code support in Gboard for iOS users. 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. After that, go to Settings Gboard Keyboards and then enable Gboard to make it as the default keyboard app on your iPhone or iPad. However, for many people with disabilities, typing in Morse code is absolutely mandatory, as developer Tania Finlayson, an expert in Morse code assistive technology and born with cerebral palsy points out. The system is used by many non-verbal individuals to communicate, including Finlayson, who was introduced as a child to a Morse code communicator created by Al Ross, opening the door for a greater level of communication with others. It is claimed that the game can help you learn how to type in Morse code in "less than an hour". Morse code is now available for Gboard for Android, but Google says that it's adding improvements with today's update.

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"Morse code" is a method of sending text messages by keying in a series of electronic pulses, usually represented as a short pulse (called a "dot") and a long pulse (a "dash")". The Morse code setting is only available for English (U.S.) for the time being and can be selected as one of the options in the section where you add keyboards. As you tap each of the buttons, there will be suggestions that appear on the top of the keyboard, just as you'd find if you were using the standard QWERTY keyboard. You can also hear sound feed as you enter Morse code on your screen by turning on the Sound on keypress option.

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Gboard lets you communicate in Morse Code