Microsoft announces keyboard for Android Wear devices; see how it works with this video

Microsoft announces keyboard for Android Wear devices; see how it works with this video
Microsoft has introduced what it calls an "analog" keyboard for Android Wear powered devices. Still considered a prototype by the software giant, this keyboard uses your handwritten letters to input text on a smartwatch. The keyboard will even allow you to enter special characters, along with numbers and letters.

The keyboard supports square screens with a 320 x 320 resolution and the Motorola Moto 360. When using the keyboard, you simply write in the letter, number, punctuation or special character that you want. While you are drawing on a cursor, the top of the screen prints out what you have just written.

The video below, produced by Microsoft, shows a couple of uses for the keyboard. One example shows the keyboard being used for messaging, followed by an example of it being used for search. If you're interested in downloading the app for your Android Wear powered smartwatch, click on the sourcelink below.



source: Microsoft (1), (2) via TheVerge, MicrosoftNews

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37 Comments

1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Interesting...and unnecessary.

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Give this man,a cookie...

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

*steals the cookie*

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Unnecessary for you necessary for others. Good to see MS continue to support Android platform, wish Google would do the same. More and more it seems the new MS is becoming the way that Google was back in the day truly supportive and it seems Google is becoming the the Microsoft of the 90s .

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Please what idiot would use Microsoft's keyboard software on their Android Wear watch? Especially when you can send text messages, emails or perform searches by using just your voice. Not to mention its so much faster then this crap. What was the speed a letter every 2 seconds. What a joke. Also there is other keyboards for Android Wear. You talk like Microsoft is supporting Google and Android. Yeah Microsoft always launches apps that are either half supported or poorly supported. They just want to come off looking good, but the public always sees the truth. Look at Microsoft office for Android only supports certain devices and no tablet support what so ever. The same is true for the majority of Microsoft software on Android.

23. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Yet on windows phone we don't have a single google service. Not even a YouTube app. At least MS launches an app, google doesn't even bother. And when MS made a YouTube app, google threatened them and they had to take it down. Now you tell me which one is worse.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh please give me a break. What smart watch is supported on WP. Oh that's right, no smart watch is supported yet under WP. For that matter no WiFi storage like the Sandisk Connect is supported under WP. If you really want to go their Microsoft's own WP doesn't support much.

36. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

So? What you mentioned has nothing to do with google not supporting WP. You just mentioned stuff windows phone doesn't have. And smartwatches are supported, such as pebble.

26. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Using your voice is not perfect, it can be very wrong sometimes.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I always use voice to text my sms through my Samsung gear watch when on the move. Very convenient. Looking forward to Android wear watch. And you, Liveitup has conveniently forgot Microsoft Scoogle campaign. Microsoft support for Android is expected as market share is king. Depending on WP8 3% market share is a quick path to oblivion. They are not even interested in their own older wp7 customer when the refuse them Skype login. As usual Liveitup, your Microsoft fathom impaired your own choice and judgment.

31. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

In my experience if you're talking loud enough, it is perfect.

27. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You've clearly never heard of choice Mr. anti choice. What apps are half supported and barely updated?, enlighten us. From what I've seen MS supports Googles platforms while Google barely lifts a finger to support WP besides coming up with ridiculous excuses. http://microsoft-news.com/bing-search-app-for-android-updated-with-full-screen-browsing-support-and-more/ On Microsoft worst day of supporting Google's platform its 10 times better than Googles best day supporting WP, from Bing to Skype to office, One Note, Xim which it just launched for Android last week amongst others MS has shown action speaks louder than words have have Google done for WP lately?, inform us.

29. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Aaaaaand one has 5% market share and falling and the other has the majority, uhh, Microsoft has no choice in the matter. Don't pretend MS is supporting android out of the open kindness of their heart - MS earns money from BS patents on android while simultaneously suing them via Rockstar. Oh let's not forget their proxy battle with "fairsearch". So don't fool yourself thinking MS is such a great company - they're still full of sht.

33. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

With 85 billion in cash and short term investments its unwise to say MS has no choice in the matter. WP market share may be small worldwide but in various countries its higher however that is beside the point. If much smaller companies can support WP there's no reason the worlds second most valuable company can't. Microsoft is one of the Members of the consortium others are Apple, Inc., BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. So even an Android OEM is suing Google, HTC, Samsung etc for patent infringement. Even with MS being part of Rockstar that sued companies like Samsung and HTC they all still get along. MS is even seen promoting HTC one etc. Point is companies fight on one hand and work together on the other much like political parties. Google real reason for not supporting WP is that they wish to kill it off , any company with too much power becomes greedy thats Google at the moment.

37. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"With 85 billion in cash and short term investments its unwise to say MS has no choice in the matter. " What's that mean? They've blown over 10 billion on WP alone and that's got them nothing. "WP market share may be small worldwide but in various countries its higher however that is beside the point. If much smaller companies can support WP there's no reason the worlds second most valuable company can't." So they could if they want, but they don't have to because WP is irrelevant. And MS' attitude toward Google isn't helping either. "Microsoft is one of the Members of the consortium others are Apple, Inc., BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. So even an Android OEM is suing Google, HTC, Samsung etc for patent infringement." Sony's portion of what they pitched in is insignificant. Apple has majority control of the consortium. "Even with MS being part of Rockstar that sued companies like Samsung and HTC they all still get along. MS is even seen promoting HTC one etc." Because the HTC One runs WP now. HTC and others are contractually obligated to pay MS, so they have no choice in the matter. "Point is companies fight on one hand and work together on the other much like political parties. Google real reason for not supporting WP is that they wish to kill it off , any company with too much power becomes greedy thats Google at the moment." Google is under no obligation to help MS out one bit. They have done nothing to stop WP from succeeding. And no, the youtube app doesn't count by any means - no WP is incapable of going to the mobile site.

34. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Well, it kinda is. how are you supposed to type otherwise, as the screen is too small otherwise.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is why Android Wear and other Smartwatches are paired with Smartphone and other devices that can type.

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

The whole smartwatch thing is ridiculous. Still don't see a use of it. Everything that a smartwatch does , phones do better. Smartphones are already addicting and now these smartwatches :/

7. Saioofi

Posts: 343; Member since: May 23, 2014

The main reason why I hate smartwatches is because of the battery life-.-

16. MEeee

Posts: 427; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I got atleast 5 days on my Gear from 6am to 5pm each day. It took me less than 10 seconds of my time each week to put the Gear in the cradle to charge it.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I guess no one at Microsoft wants to work on Windows anymore. It's just moribund dead platform that is "enhanced" with more and more spyware every release, aka "Asimov".

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I know it's not worth to argue with you. But there are devs who word harder for MS than devs who work for Apple and Google.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yeah, I'm tired of all those giant arguments too. Microsoft is not all bad devs or bad people. But the company has become really stagnant. Many of the Microsoft employees I work with abhor Windows and use a Mac or a Linux machine instead.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But I like Windows 8 and 10 looks nice :( I have always loved Microsofts software but all other stuff from them is pure crap.

35. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Well, glad Windows 8 & 10 appeals to you, but i really hate them though, but that is personal opinion

15. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

but they give excellent service which google and apple never give

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No one? You do know that windows is no longer just a single OS. Not only that, because MS does more than just windows, they have to work with everything, java, windows, c++, assembly, linux, unix, python. The list is endless. This is done by ms research, and if you notice, it is most likely using a api since that metro ui is the same as on my tablet but shrunk down. Meaning, the api would be convertable to ms products if they release api stuff like this in the future. Considering....and this is where you argument falls flat....windows and windows rt have hand written recognize api code for the keyboard, if phone merges with rt, that api is instant on windows phone as 'doable'. So really what is there to work on? Point in case, this is MS research, which reaches beyond the bounds of 'windows'.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Looks cool, but I don't really trust Microsoft getting into the Android/Google world, it makes me feel like they're just ruining everything that's related to Microsoft between Android/Google. Windows Phone users want a Youtube app, they don't listen because of the damn Scroogle campaign. They also scrapped the Nokia X product line. They might even scrap this keyboard soon.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not that they do not listen. Google has been caught numerous times, rejection requests from windows based handsets. Requests and api's that are freely given to everyone when asked, but Google has blocked them. You simply dont know the history, as well as the scroogle campaign was after the youtube incident. they filed before about youtube in 2011. So much so that google has even blocked windows phone at points from accessing maps from the browser. Google blamed a 'nonwebkit' issue. MS fired back stating the same engine that powers windows and windows 8 and no

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