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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

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Julee Scott
May 18, 2016 08:24
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Does your smartwatch need a keyboard?

Nothing embodies that difference more than text entry.

While Apple has so-far eschewed complex text-entry on the Apple Watch, preferring instead to rely solely on speech-to-text, Google is flipping that around with a new on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition in Android Wear 2.0.

A keyboard on a tiny smartwatch display obviously looks a lot different to an on-screen keyboard on a smartphone, but Google is promising increased accuracy - never mind how fat-fingered you are in your typing or swiping - courtesy of Google Assistant among other algorithms.

Third-party fitness apps can now tap into Google Fit, sharing your performance and results for better all-round assessments.

There's a preview of Android Wear 2.0 available for developers today, while everyone else will get it this fall.

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