Color me impressed. I never thought a touchscreen keyboard could effectively work on the small screen of a wearable display but Flesky appears to have proven me wrong. The company announced its Fleksy Messenger app for the Samsung Gear 2 on Wednesday and based on this video demonstration, it looks like the SMS app is good enough to accurately predict what you’re typing on the tiny screen.
This isn’t Fleksy’s first rodeo when it comes to keyboards: The company’s keyboard is popular on Android devices and, thanks to a bit more openness from Apple, will be among the first software keyboards you can install on iOS 8 later this fall.
Like competitors, Fleksy has technology that tries to predict what a user is typing so that you can quickly bang out a message and not worry about spelling errors; the software will attempt to correctly show what you meant to say.
Now that Fleksy has a keyboard working on the 1.63-inch screen of the Gear 2, it can focus on other devices. And it plans to based on this company statement, which suggests more small screen keyboards are in the works:
“Typing within such a small area can be a challenge, but Flesky’s sleek design and unparalleled prediction engine makes it virtually effortless. This is one of the first steps in the direction of enabling Fleksy on all smart devices—regardless of their size, shape, and form factor.”
Fleksy says the new SMS keyboard app is available today from Samsung Apps so if you have a Gear 2 smart watch, you can put the predictive keyboard on your wrist now.