What’s new with TalkBack 14.1

Your experience with TalkBack 14.1 is improved with:

  • Image descriptions (English only)
  • Typo correction with on-screen Braille keyboard
  • Auto scroll with your Braille display
  • Additional Braille languages and tables for Braille
  • New assignable commands for physical keyboard

Image descriptions

You can now have your images described in addition to already existing text and icon detection. To get images described, you need to turn on image descriptions and download the library.

To turn on image descriptions:

  1. To bring up the TalkBack menu, tap with three fingers.
  2. Tap TalkBack Settings and then Automatic descriptions and then Describe images.

Tip: Image descriptions are only available in English.

After you have image descriptions set up:

  1. To have an image described, open the TalkBack menu with three fingers.
  2. Go to Describe images.

Tip: For quicker access, you can assign a gesture for image descriptions in TalkBack’s settings. Learn how to Customize TalkBack gestures.

Typo correction with on-screen Braille keyboard

You can use new gestures to check for typos with the on-screen Braille keyboard.

To access the spellcheck mode, swipe left or right with three fingers.

Tip: If you want to type, you have to leave spellcheck mode, as the spell check gestures interfere with gestures used when you type. To leave spellcheck mode, swipe left or right with three fingers.

New gestures for spellcheck mode

 

Important: To get a list of all available gestures, tap TalkBack settings and then Braille keyboard and then Review all gestures.

Gesture Description
Swipe down with one finger Move to next possible typo
Swipe up with one finger Move to previous possible typo
Swipe right with one finger Move to next spelling suggestion
Swipe left with one finger Move to previous spelling suggestion
Swipe right with two fingers Insert suggested word
Swipe left with two fingers Undo inserted word

Auto scroll with your Braille display

You can read without pressing buttons to pan your Braille display with the auto scroll feature. You can adjust the rate of auto scroll with Braille display commands and through the Braille display settings.

Important: To get a list of all available commands for your braille display, tap TalkBack settings and thenBraille display and thenBraille commands.

List of auto scroll commands

Actions Braille command
Start and stop auto scroll Space + dots 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6
Decrease duration Dot 1 while auto scroll is active
Increase duration Dot 4 while auto scroll is active

Auto scroll settings

You can adjust if the scrolling duration changes based on display length. You can also adjust the duration of auto scrolling.

To access auto scroll settings, go to TalkBack settings and then Braille display and then Auto scroll.

Additional languages and tables for Braille

You can read and write braille with a braille display in 47 languages. These include recently added languages, like:

  • Bulgarian
  • Hebrew
  • Hebrew 8-dot Computer Braille
  • Icelandic
  • Icelandic 8-dot Computer Braille
  • Kannada
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Lithuanian 8-dot braille

Tip: To switch between braille grades, press Space + dots 1, 2, 4, and 5.

New assignable commands for physical keyboards

If you use a physical keyboard, you can now assign a hotkey for the "copy last utterance" and the "show/hide screen" functions. To do this, go to TalkBack settings and then Advanced and then Keyboard shortcuts.

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