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 app supports square screens with a 320 x 320 resolution, and the Moto 360...
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19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Cool story, bro. Microsoft has a long storied history of using APIs and data formats to absolutely screw over companies and individuals. Microsoft has even stolen IP from other companies and then tried to make it into their own API or data format and then sued the company they stole it from. Witness all the royalties that must be paid for various Microsoft APIs and data formats, even things that Microsoft didn't invent completely on their own. Witness the fact that Microsoft picks and chooses who to license their APIs and data formats to. Google is completely within their right to withhold access from Microsoft or any other company. Microsoft makes billions every year doing the same exact thing, except Microsoft doesn't just say "no", they go after you in court. Which Google hasn't done. There are many things that one can say about Microsoft. But one thing that cannot be said is that they are some sort of benevolent or ethical enterprise. They are neither.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7005; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What a joke. First of all why is Microsoft's browser still the least HTML5 compliant browser on the market. This is 100% a fact. BTW that includes the latest IE 11. Microsoft is the biggest propaganda machine.

30. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Requests and api's that are freely given to everyone when asked, but Google has blocked them." No one has mobile apis IIRC. "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 MS starts mugslinging Google and that's supposed to motivate them to support WP, how? "So much so that google has even blocked windows phone at points from accessing maps from the browser." WP didn't support the touch events at the time, and the issue lasted like, a day. "Google blamed a 'nonwebkit' issue. MS fired back stating the same engine that powers windows and windows 8 and no" Desktop browser interface doesn't equal a mobile one by any means, in that you don't use the desktop version of google maps on any mobile device.

25. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Nah, we don't want an official Youtube app on WP thanks, we've got third party options that are much better than the Android Youtube client.

12. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Go Microsoft. Bring back that innovation and show them newbies what you are.

18. jove39

Posts: 2142; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good move MS...letting your research team work on non-windows platforms...hope to see some good innovative stuff in future by MS.

24. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

My guess would be that they've developed this for their own upcoming smartwatch, but thought it would be a good idea to test it out on Android Wear first. Running a beta test on someone else's platform and having all the kinks ironed out before releasing it on your own platform seems like a great idea to me.
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