Android Wear has a handful of different apps available which enhance the experience of having a smartwatch wrapped around your wrist, whether they be for counting your steps, playing/pausing your music, or reading your emails. Google’s built-in Gmail support even lets you compose emails with your voice, because, how else would you do it? The team at appfour has an answer to that question. Their new app for Android Wear called ‘Wear Mail Client for Gmail.’ On the fly, composing emails the way Google has set things up from the beginning can be snappy, and fairly useful. There are those though who may appreciate having the presence of a full QWERTY keyboard to tackle those longer emails though, and Wear Mail Client for Gmail gives that to the user.
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Besides letting you actually type out emails on your wrist, Wear Mail Client also supports attachments for viewing so there’s one less reason to pull out your smartphone. The usefulness of actually viewing attachments via Android Wear on such a small screen will have to be determined by the user, but having the option there may be better for some than not having it all. You can also search for mail using the dedicated search button, and if any of your incoming emails have hyperlinks inserted, you’ll be able to click those and have them open on the watch through the Wear Browser app if you also have that installed.
Since there is only so much screen real estate to work with, to avoid having extremely small buttons on the screen that would be nigh impossible to tap correctly just to fit the whole keyboard, users are working with only a small portion of the keyboard being visible on screen at any given time. If additional letters are needed from the rest of the keyboard users can scroll from side to side to access the rest of the keys not shown. This isn’t entirely practical and could very well take longer than using your smartphone to type out the email instead, but for those who just got WiFi support for their Android Wear device running Android Wear 5.1.1, this might be a decent solution if using the phone isn’t an option and you prefer to type things out as opposed to speaking. It may take longer, but you’ll have more control over the context coming out correctly without mistakes. The app also includes configurable quick actions for making replies to emails a bit faster if time is a factor for you. Within the full version there are additional features as well like the ability to configure real name and signatures, configure auto load messages, and configure pre-defined texts among other things. The app also supports all Android Wear smartwatches so if it sounds interesting to you, your watch has guaranteed support.