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Wear OS has been remembered by Google long enough for a new keyboard to be included


Google revealed today that it is upgrading Wear OS with a new feature — but don't get too excited, it's just a keyboard — in what sounds like an extremely uncommon event. According to 9to5Google, Google is porting over Gboard, the swipeable, predictive text-powered keyboard that is available for Android, iOS, and Android TV.

Gboard for Wear OS, like the larger phone edition, supports various input methods on a keyboard that is much more finger-friendly than the previous version of the operating system. By clicking, swiping, or saying, you can type. 

Above the keyboard, there is also better access to emoji and “enhanced suggestions.”

In addition to the latest keyboard, Google claims to be adding multi-language support for all Wear OS languages. Gboard for Wear OS has a language shortcut at the bottom of the keyboard that brings up a menu of options for switching languages.

Although the change is slight, it shows that Google is paying attention to an operating system that has only seen minor changes in the past. Google made Tiles available to third-party developers on the OS earlier this year and vowed to increase CPU capacity by August 2020. With Google I/O 2021 — the company's developer conference — on the horizon, there's a chance Google will reveal more Wear OS updates, but for now, be content with the fact that you can swipe to type on your hand.

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