VIDEO: Typing on Android Wear 2.0 isn’t the horrible abomination we thought it would be
Google I/O has given us some pretty exciting announcements so far, from virtual reality platforms and instantly loading apps to Android apps on Chromebooks. You can get a summary of the most interesting developments here, but something that made everyone at Alphr do a cartoony double-take was the announcement that Android Wear 2.0- will allow people to type on the watch face with an onscreen keyboard.
Given most smartwatch screens are around an inch and a half across, this sounds like a special kind of Hellish tedium, but we tried to keep an open mind and it turns out… it’s not that bad.
“Not horrible,” was the conclusion of Editorial Director Ian. While Google probably don’t want to put that pull-out quote on tube adverts, it’s certainly a lot better than we were expecting. That’s chiefly because it uses a kind of swype-style predictive text, where you trace your finger across the letters. Where this falls down is if you need to write words not in the dictionary – names, brands or streets for example.
Still, it’ll do in a pinch, and that’s better than we were expecting. Here’s Jon showing us how it’s done. Almost types the message flawlessly, but a slight slip up on the “wear” at the end.