Microsoft Releases ‘Analog’ Keyboard for Android Wear Devices

By Vivek

Here is a good news for Android Wear wearable device owners. Microsoft has recently released a prototype version of the keyboard for these time-pieces. The new 'analog keyboard' lets you draw letters on a smartwatch screen. If you are already curious about the new app, you can download the keyboard from Microsoft's website.

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Microsoft Releases ‘Analog’ Keyboard for Android Wear Devices


Although Microsoft says that the voice-input texting remains the prevailing method of wearable communication, at times you don't want to talk to your smartwatch and voice recognition is not always prefect. Microsoft's analog keyboard supports square screens with a 320 x 320 resolution and the circular ones like the one used in the Moto 360. It says that the keyboard doesn't work on lower resolution screens (280x280) and the 360 version is a little buggy.

Microsoft says, "Handwriting, unlike speech, is discreet and not prone to background noise. And unlike soft keyboards, where many keys have to share the small touch surface, handwriting methods can offer the entire screen (or most of it) for each symbol. This allows each letter to be entered rather comfortably, even on small devices."

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"In fact, it has been shown that some handwriting systems can be used without even looking at the screen. Finally, handwriting interfaces require very little design changes to run on round displays, which are becoming increasingly popular."

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