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Minuum Teases Keyboard for Android Wear Devices

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Not content with Google Glass, the folks behind Minuum are tackling the input problem on Android Wear.

According to Minuum, “oodles” of people want a really tiny keyboard they can use on their watch, a call which the developers are pleased to answer. While the team has already revealed a prototype version of the keyboard for circular devices, a video released today shows the square design. 

The keyboard kind of looks like a shrunken-down version of the full Minuum keyboard, which was probably the goal. Personally, I wouldn’t think the limited real estate of smartwatches makes them conducive to text input, but some apparently disagree.

A preview version of Minuum for Android Wear is available to those who sign up for e-mail updates through Minuum’s blog. You’ll need either the Gear Live or G Watch to test it.

Via: Minuum
  • NexusMan

    I amend my earlier stance. Originally, I said this was dumb, like most posters here have said. Now, however, while I STILL don’t think it’s a must or a high use case, I do think it has a very limited use case for times when I do have to do quick typing and speaking out loud is not ideal or possible. As for “why not just pull out your phone at that point,” there are rare cases where that’s not the best option. Your phone is not ALWAYS in your pocket. Your phone is not ALWAYS easily accessible from where you are. It is sometimes not appropriate to whip out a phone and start typing. And the bottom line is your watch is right there on your wrist, the notification is right there, and if this app functions well, it will always be easier to respond to something that is right there, already waiting on your wrist. Having said that, I would probably download it, and probably use it in very rare circumstances. It’s more of a “backup” app, rather than an “essential.”

  • Genius

    The keyboard is genius, Smart watches should be standalone devices not having you to have your phone connected
    This is a great step for helping it move towards that

    The keyboard is only meant to be for quickly typing a note or a message
    Its not for writing stories
    You an absolute moron if you would rather shoot yourself then use it

    And you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to
    but for those that want the convenience this is genius

    • Deez

      Not even close to being genius.

  • Ethan

    If I’m at work and I need to text my wife and let her know that I’ll be a few minutes late this would be the best way for me. We are not allowed to have our phones in the building and nobody is aware I have a smart watch. Also I work in a call center and voice to text doesn’t work well because of background noise. I’ll definitely get this.

  • TC Infantino

    LMAO!!!! That’s hilarious…..wait, you were serious?

  • NexusMan

    Dumb.

  • coolsilver

    I just want to be able to tap on a word and say it again or pick a like sounding word to replace it…. voice is good but still much to be desired on my LG G Watch

  • guyfromtrinidad

    Someone asked why this was a bad idea. Simple it goes against the creative vision for Android wear apps.https://developer.android.com/design/wear/creative-vision.html

  • BiggiePhat

    it says i will get an email to install the app right away….i didn’t?

  • CivilDroid

    “You’ll need either the Gear Live or G Watch to test it.” ……Those poor Google and Moto people with their keyboardless Moto 360’s…..be strong

    • NexusMan

      There are no “Google and Moto people with their keyboardless Moto 360’s,” because the Moto 360 has not been released yet. “You’ll need either the Gear Live or G Watch to test it,” because those are the only Android Wear devices available. Minuum already announced, FIRST, that they were developing the app for the Moto 360, long before word of this LG/Samsung version came out. Once the Moto 360 actually becomes available, you’ll be able to use it on that too.

  • CivilDroid

    Looks like it would be a biatch to use on a round face…doesnt look too bad on square. Still kind of silly but to each their own i guess.

  • Deez

    I would say that tgis app makes no sense and I don’t think people will download it, but then I remember how many morons downloaded and popularized Flappy Bird and I get to rethinking it…

  • EP_2012

    I wonder how law makers are going to handle people texting and driving with their watches! My god, what a mess this will become.

  • Ben Udkow

    I will 100% use this. I’ve been in situations where talking to my G Watch won’t work and just need to send a quick “OK” or “On the toilet” message. :-)

  • Jason

    How is this a bad thing? If you don’t see yourself using it then don’t. Simple as that.

    • Suicide_Note

      Considering the size of the watch faces, and how tiny the keys for a keyboard would need to be, it’s likely to be very frustrating to type with.

      As someone mentioned before, a rotary keyboard with swipe functionality could work well, but a traditional keyboard layout probably wouldn’t.

  • LosttsoL

    I would put the letters around the border of the screen and do a swype function, but that’s just me. You can use that idea if you want.

    • calculatorwatch

      That’s a pretty awesome idea. Of course you wouldn’t be able to see what you’ve typed while you’re typing, but it would actually be quick and accurate unlike this.

  • MacNificent

    I promise that once I get a smart watch that this will not be one of the downloads!

  • ThatBabyAintMine

    I understand the want to show off all that a smartwatch can do but can we see devs actually start making USEFUL apps? It clearly says in Google’s Wear guidelines that apps like these are strongly discouraged.

  • epps720

    I would rather shoot myself than use a keyboard on my watch.

    • Mike Aurin

      False.

  • Zach B.

    I think trying to type out a long message is silly. But I can see the minor use cases for needing to tap out a quick reply/acknowledgement… I suppose…

  • Anthony Lee

    I bet that would be a blast to type on with a circular device… how about a rotary style keyboard in that case! It’s like we are going backwards sometimes…

  • John Davids

    “the folks behind Minuum are tackling the input problem on Android Wear”

    Its less of an input problem and more of a user problem. For the 5 billionth time, a smartwatch must be able to complete whatever task a user wants within 10 seconds and with 5 or fewer swipes or taps. THATS THE POINT. Anything longer and it makes WAY more sense to pull out your phone (you know, that thing your watch is connected to). If I was Google I would block things like keyboards. It is going to do nothing but confuse users and detract from the vision.

  • Malik

    Make. The. Madness. Stop. I’m all for added functionality but only where it makes sense. I don’t want my watch to be my phone. If it becomes a small phone then what was the point?

  • Rashad

    Why do we need a keyboard on our wrists? Makes no sense.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Oh lord. This is going to be an exercise in frustration. Just pull your phone out at that point. The watch isn’t meant to do everything.

    • Alan Paone

      I think developers are going to have to teach this to everyone the hard way…