Writing a smart watch is not ideal at best, but the latest application Use the operating system should enhance the wearable experience used by Google: The Gboard keyboard, already available on Android and iOS, makes the jump to the wrists.
As a forum post Google Engineer’s Gboard for Wear OS brings with it gestures and voice input, as well as the standard QWERTY touch keyboard option, and it’s also easy for mothers to express themselves more quickly.
Where Gboard proves its worth – if the smartphone versions are anything – is the smart word suggestions and corrections that come as you type. Typing can be tedious with a small smart watch screen, so the less tapping you have to do, the better.
Gboard supports all the languages built into Wear OS – although we can’t find definitive clues about exactly how many there are – and you can switch between languages on the keyboard without changing the languages throughout the operating system.
You really don’t have to do anything to get the update: it will automatically appear on Wear OS smartwatches in the coming days without an update, replacing the pretty basic keyboard currently in use.
More coming soon
The forum post contains a message that “we can’t expect to share what else is in stock with Wear OS by Google in 2021!”, Which makes us hope that there will be some significant updates to the smartwatch software this year for a long period of time.
Not only has Wear OS clearly lacked new apps lately – not even from Google itself – we’re also disappointed with the paucity of new devices. Likes TicWatch and Fossil still fly the Wear OS flag, but there is hardly any choice for consumers.
That may change this year: Samsung rumored be migrating back to Wear OS next smart watch, while speculation a Google Pixel Watch refuses to leave (especially Fitbit acquisition). Hope to hear more events Google IO 2021 when it launches on May 18th.