Google’s Gboard keyboard arrives on Wear OS


Typing on a smartwatch is hardly the most pleasant experience. Writing long messages can be a hassle due to the small screen and awkward positioning on the wrist. However, if you’re looking for a way to better type your smartwatch, Google announced that the Gboard keyboard app is now available for Wear OS devices.

According to Google, the Gboard for Wear OS app supports multiple input forms, such as the smartphone equivalent. This includes typing the letters one by one or using gestures to swipe between the characters. You can also use voice typing if you’d rather say your words out loud and have them transcribed into text.

While some of these input methods aren’t new, Gboard has the added benefit of using suggestions and corrections so that you don’t have to tap or swipe your wrists for as long as you can quickly finish and submit sentences. Google also advises that Gboard supports the same languages ​​that Wear OS supports. So if you’re using Wear OS in your own native language, Gboard should support that too, so you don’t have to worry for now.

The update for Gboard, which makes it compatible with Wear OS, should already be live. So if you own a Wear OS smartwatch and want to try it out, make sure you have the latest version of Gboard and are ready.

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Katherine Clark