Customising the New Talkback Gestures
Did you know
- That with the release of Android 11, Android Accessibility Suite from Google and Voice Assistant were merged into a single product?
- That the new Talkback gesture system was synced with that of Voice Assistant?
- That as a result of this development, we now only have Talkback?
- That you can customise the new gesture system to the extent of overriding the default configurations to your liking? For instance, if you’ve been comfortable with the Voice Assistant gestures, or you are from an iOS platform, you can configure the two-, three or four-finger gesture to simulate the behaviour you are used to.
- That text selection menus are now also customisable.
My own gestures
Taking advantage of the above stated facts, I managed to have all the two-finger gestures set for reading while the three-fingers are to be used for text-selection and navigation. Thus, here is my own system:
|Two-finger double tap||Play/Pause music, answer call|
|Two-finger double tap and hold||Read from next item|
|Two-finger tap thrice||Bring Talkback menu|
|Three-finger single tap and hold||Start/end text selection|
|Three-finger double tap||Copy|
|Three-finger double tap and hold||Cut|
|Three-finger thrice tap||Paste|
|Three-finger thrice tap and hold||Select all|
|Three-finger swipe up||Back|
|Three-finger swipe down||Home|
|Three-finger swipe left||Overview|
|Three-finger swipe right||Notification|
The new gesture system has lots of options which you can customise in Talkback. While the screen-reader still has some rough edges, hopefully as Android 12 is on its way, we might see some improvements in these.