FlickKey keyboard built to work with round watches

With Google's Android Wear platform supporting traditional square and novel round watch faces, FlickKey is now coming out of the gate with a third-party keyboard that is designed to work fluidly for circular displays. "FlickKey keyboard is the only keyboard that let's users type just what they tell it to type on all touch screen devices, including round screened smartwatches," the company said.

Grouping nearby letters into six larger keys, FlickKey does what it's name implies by allowing users to flick the keys in up to nine directions to choose which character they want to type. The keyboard will work on Google's Android devices as well as on smartwatches, including the Moto 360.

 

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FlickKey keyboard targets round smartwatch screens

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I think Google needs to take the "no skins allowed" sentiment for Wear a bit further and not allow keyboards. If you're using a keyboard on Wear, you're doing it wrong.

I dunno if you're being genuine or sarcastic, but I've had that thought as well and think it would work well.

I've also thought for years they should use t9 with gamepads, where the neutral position would equate to the 5 key.

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Is that your opinion from your years of using Android Wear?

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I'm concerned if this is anything like the Minuum concept for the 360 then it won't work, with the screen not being a full circle. I wonder if all the circular screens will have this issue because surely Motorola would have overcome this issue.

Try NOT looking at it when the screen is lit up. Yes, it's not huge in size, but what it takes away from the screen and overall appearance is just as bad as the old HTC black bar. A travesty, I tell you... A travesty! (OK, I'm exaggerating, but it really pissed me off that there's this 'dead zone' on an otherwise sexy watch).

Haha I love the fact that they're trying to spin the fact that it's not very intuitive or use friendly as a selling point!

Think I'll stick to gesture typing for now, it's not 100% accurate but it's good enough.

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I'm sorry, but I can't figure this keyboard out. I'll admit that I didn't go through the help section much, but come on, it's a keyboard. It should be intuitive enough to not need a help section, IMO.

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