Video: Fleksy brings a QWERTY keyboard to Samsung’s smart watch, the Galaxy Gear

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 8 Jan 2014

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear isn’t just some dumb Bluetooth screen that displays notifications. It’s a full blown Android device with an OLED screen, 800 MHz processor, and half a gigabyte of RAM. Because of that, you can sideload applications on it, which is exactly what the guys at Fleksy have done. They wanted to input text on their Gear instead of taking their phone out, so they wrote a keyboard. From the quick hands-on video that The Verge produced, it looks like it actually works too!

Now let’s back up and talk about the future of wearables for a second. Will watches go through the same phases of growth as smartphones? By that I mean, remember when a 4.0 inch phone was considered massive, but today the 5.0 inch Nexus 5 is considered a petite device? Will we see watches ballooning from 1.6 inches to 2.0 inches to 2.5 inches and so on? If so, then will input be essential?

I’m just trying to understand which piece of glass people will be spending the most time with. Will it be the phone, the tablet, or the watch? You’ll obviously not be able to do as many things on a watch as you could on a phone, but that’s not exactly a bad thing.

What do you think, will watches become the next big thing?