Snapkeys has launched its keyboard for Android Wear 2.Zero smartwatches. There is a catch although. You will solely have the ability to apply it to Android Wear 2.Zero developer enabled smartwatches, which narrows it right down to the LG Watch Urbane 2nd version and the Huawei Watch.
The unique model of the Snapkeys keyboard, which was optimised for sq. screens was introduced again in March. The spherical model was unveiled in July and now you possibly can obtain it without cost.
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Snapkey’s enterprise growth supervisor Ryan Ghassabian instructed us that the early launch is aimed toward early adopters, and different builders, to allow them to become familiar with it. “We wish to assist give customers a style of what smartwatches will likely be like as soon as Google formally launches Android Wear 2.0.”
When Wear 2.Zero launches correctly, it is potential Snapkeys will include a price ticket (which continues to be being decided). However when you’ve already downloaded the app onto your Android telephone, your smartwatch will robotically replace to incorporate the Snapkeys Keyboard Bundle on the wrist with out paying any charges.
How Snapkeys works
Utilizing a quasi-T9 predictive textual content system, the keyboard is grouped collectively into six buttons. It might look unusual at first, however it’s nonetheless the identical ‘ol QWERTY keyboard that you just usually see.
The keyboard additionally tries to foretell what you wish to sort, apparently with “very excessive accuracy.” You may also add your personal phrases to the dictionary by swiping proper from the interval key to drag up a bigger keyboard. From there, larger letters pop up and you may faucet on particular person letters to enter your personal phrases. There are additionally six languages obtainable to make use of (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, English UK).
On the underside on of the display screen, you will discover the spacebar referred to as one of many “perform buttons.” One other, the backspace, is positioned on the correct. To make use of the symbols, just like the query mark, you’d swipe on the backspace key in direction of the image. The keyboard coloration will also be modified from the underside of the display screen the place the house bar lives.
Are keyboards the very best reply for smartwatches?
Typing on such a tiny display screen does not sound straightforward and desires all the assistance it may possibly get. We’re nonetheless attempting out Snapkeys for ourselves, and if it is nearly as good as the corporate claims, it might make hammering out messages an entire lot simpler.
It does sound like the corporate has had quite a lot of expertise coping with keyboards and small screens although. Ghassabian says for the reason that firm was based in 2008, it targeted on innovating keyboard know-how.
“Our aim from the start was at all times to offer the quickest, most correct keyboard know-how. We have filed over 200 patents within the keyboard area. We began out with keyboards for smartphones and tablets. We got here up with the novel concept of utilizing only some keystrokes and a really sturdy predictive engine.
“A few years in the past, we noticed that the smartwatch was one thing that was being talked about, extra wearables have been coming to the market and we observed the large drawback was inputting knowledge into these small units. So we determined to shift our keyboard know-how to suit on small screens.”
Android Wear on a regular basis
This is not the primary innovation from Snapkeys. The corporate truly tried to Kickstart its personal smartwatch again final 12 months, however cancelled the venture and determined to deal with the keyboard app.
Advances in digital assistants and voice recognition software program for smartwatches has step by step improved making keyboards appear redundant.
However voice dictation from the wrist nonetheless wants work. Exterior elements like noise make it tough for the mic to catch phrases, and phrase recognition generally may be spotty. Typing out textual content messages, emails or to-do lists in public can be way more non-public and discreet than yelling at your wrist.
A superb keyboard along with the perks of voice dictation, might make untethered smartwatches actually standalone from a smartphone, and stand aside as one thing truly helpful. Here is hoping Snapkeys has cracked it.