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Gmail Tap: LL Cool J Tells You Everywhere You Can Tap It

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“You can tap it in the morning, you can tap it in the kitchen, you can tap it at night, you can tap it in the bathroom, you can tap it, you know, on a seesaw.”

Those are some of the advantages to Gmail Tap, Google’s revolutionary new service that simplifies the keyboard. Are your fingers too fat for all the keys that are packed into a normal qwerty keyboard? Google’s solution is to whittle that down to only two buttons. A dot, and a dash.

Yesterday, Google continued their tradition of unveiling oftentimes fake products or making fake announcements on April Fool’s Day by introducing Gmail Tap, telling us to “tap into the future of writing emails on the go.” In short, it’s morse code. If you missed yesterday’s video, you can check it out below:

The current version of Gmail Tap features only a dot and a dash, as well as a space bar “to increase typing speeds.” It also includes multi-email mode, allowing users to split the screen and type two separate messages at the same time. According to the team, we can look forward to table tap, which will allow for microphones enabled offscreen tapping as well as double black diamond mode, which “adds a third, fourth and more keyboards for writing up to 8 messages at once.”

Now, Google has released some more behind-the-scenes footage from the Gmail Tap team. Check out what the Product Lead, Todd Smith, has to say about the project:

One YouTuber made a point that many people find themselves making about lots of Google April Fool’s jokes: “Why can’t this be real.” I can definitely see people jumping on the Morse code train, can’t you? UPDATE: You can actually install the Morse Keyboard, available for Android at Google Play.

Gmail Tap: LL Cool J Tells You Everywhere You Can Tap It
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  • Steven Lamar

    Joke or not, GMail Tap is a great idea. As a ham radio operator who has communicated using the Morse Code for 50 years, I say why not eliminate a keyboard in favor of a dot or dash option to form letters/words. It may take people a while to learn the code, but once learned it is a second language. I think GMail Tap is .- –./.-/./.-/- ../-.././.- !!

  • Steven Lamar

    Joke or not, GMail Tap is a great idea. As a ham radio operator who has communicated using the Morse Code for 50 years, I say why not eliminate a keyboard in favor of a dot or dash option to form letters/words. It may take people a while to learn the code, but once learned it is a second language. I think GMail Tap is .- –./.-/./.-/- ../-.././.- !!

  • Harry

    Thanks for the insightful opinion moron.

  • Jebson

    I hope, this will see life as a real add on on various systems.
    Improvements:
    - Apart from the extra “space” button, there should be a third button behind “dot” and “dash” to confirm a letter, thus eliminating the pause between letters.
    - Otherwise/additionally a tactile buzz feedback would be convenient, to let me know, when the next letter can be typed.
    - On computers with multi touch trackpad, all of this should be easy to add.
    - There could be a morse chat programme with tap input, that also “reads out” the answers by buzzing (like the old CWCom, but for smartphones)
    With a bit of experience one could type without taking the eyes of your counterpart.
    Guys: Please refrain from tapping inside yor trouser pockets!

    For more information about a similar concept in 2005:
    Back to the Future – Morse Code and Cellular Phones by Brian McConnell.

  • Jebson

    Edit: Actually the hoax isn’t really one, as there is iDitDahText for (jailbroken) iPhones.
    Humm…

  • Samuel

    When i type on my phone with Gmail tap it comes out in all caps and this should probably be fixed so people don’t thing that yelling is involved.

  • iviiria

    There’s also DotDash Keyboard > https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.iowaline.dotdash&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm5ldC5pb3dhbGluZS5kb3RkYXNoIl0 Tried it out after sorting through a few others after being pranked by Google. I like it, simple and clean.