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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Microsoft introduces Analog Keyboard for Android Wear that recognises handwritten inputs

Microsoft has introduced Analog Keyboard app for Android Wear. The app provides users a custom keyboard for their Android Wear smartwatches which recognises handwritten inputs.
Analog Keyboard for Android Wear in its initial stage supports all the Android Wear-based smartwatches with 320 x 320 pixels square display and is also compatible with Motorola Moto 360 which has round display with 320 x 290 pixels resolution. This means that there is no support for low-end Android Wear smartwatches such as LG G Watch.
The custom keyboard comes with a support to enter English letters, numbers and basic publication symbols in handwriting format. However, a support to enter uppercase letters is not available in the current version.
The Analog Keyboard project, which currently running under development by Microsoft Research, is aiming to provide smartwatch users an all-new typing experience which is easier than a soft keyboard and by default voice input. Under this project, Analog Keyboard app is available for free to give users a handwriting-supported keyboard.
The keyboard app is not yet available on Google Play Store but users can install it through side-load onto the smartwatch using Android Debug Bridge. The app is available for download on Microsoft Research website.
Last month, Microsoft Research team released OneNote for Android Wear which enables users to store notes using their Android Wear smartwatches.The new move to provide a keyboard app for Android Wear platform as well as the past release of OneNote for Android Wear jointly states that the software giant is quite interested in developing new apps for Google’s Android Wear platform. This further suggests that the company might be interested in introducing its smartwatch in the coming future, which was earlier just a part of some rumours.

Madhav Biju

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