There’s no shortage of third-party keyboards for Android but there are some that stand out from the rest. Minuum is one of those keyboards, popular primarily due to its rather unique design. The team behind it announced today that it is working on a keyboard for smartwatches with circular faces. A great example would be the Moto 360, a smartwatch that has a round design.
One might question the logic of making a keyboard for smartwatches given the fact that these devices have tiny screens on which typing seems like a daunting task. This is why smartwatches heavily rely on voice recognition for entering text but that hasn’t deterred developers from trying to make keyboards on smartwatches happen. Fleksy is another popular Android keyboard maker that’s on wearable devices now.
The folks at Minuum say that they have received “thousands of e-mail requests” from fans about bringing their keyboard to smartwatches. For those who don’t know Minuum’s appeal is due to its unique design which brings down the standard QWERTY keyboard into just one line. Tapping in the vicinity of letters is good enough as its quite capable of figuring out what you want to punch in.
Minuum’s announcement comes ahead of an expected unveiling of the Moto 360 smartwatch at Google I/O 2014. The team hasn’t said how long it will take for this to come out, but quite obviously they first have to wait for the device to hit the market. Right now Moto 360 happens to be the only circular smartwatch that’s expected in the market later this year.