As of right now, Android Wear only does voice input. There’s no keyboard at all for these smartwatches, which is kind of expected. Could you imagine typing an email on your wrist? There would be tons of typos I bet. However, Minuum has just launched their keyboard for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, and now it looks like they are about to launch for the Android Wear line of devices. In the video down below you can see just how it would work on the LG G Watch, and it would work pretty much the same on the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live. Here’s what Minuum had to say in their blog post today:
“We’ve had oodles of requests for Minuum on Android Wear smart watches – everyone’s looking for a way to quickly reply to messages on their wrist without having to rely on voice typing.
While there aren’t yet many apps on Android Wear built with text fields available for typing, we’re working on changing this – sign up at minuum.com/watch to stay updated.
In case you’re really eager to try Minuum out on your LG G watch or Samsung Gear Live watch immediately, when you sign up at minuum.com/watch we’ll send you installation instructions straight away so that you can try out an early version.”
So far only the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are available. But they are planning to bring it to the Moto 360 after it’s launched. As they want to test the keyboard on a circular display, which makes plenty of sense to me. The Minuum keyboard isn’t yet available but it should be available pretty soon. If you’re interested, make sure you sign up so you’ll be informed once the app is available in the Play Store. Those that already use Minuum are definitely going to love it.