Got Watch? If so, you know there is one problem that all of us have. Typing. Watch display is handy; easily accessed, yes. But typing? Get real. Fingers are too big and the Watch display is too small.
End of story. Typing on Watch is a brutal pain in the patootie, right? Almost, but not quite. This week I came across a new iPhone Watch app that caught my hair on fire.
Danny Zepeda reviewed the app:
FlickType is an Apple Watch keyboard that introduces a full QWERTY keyboard to the tiny screen, but uses AI to precisely select the letter you are aiming for even if you press multiple letters at once
There you go. Now you can type on Apple Watch. If you don’t mind the monthly or annual subscription. Since my iPhone often gets stuck in my pocket I yearn to use Watch to take notes or do email, etc.
The app developer:
FlickType is the fastest keyboard app in the world for users who are blind or low-vision. Combining the familiar QWERTY keyboard layout with 2 simple gestures, FlickType enables users to type both easier as well as up to 4 times faster than ever. FlickType does not require learning an entirely new way of typing: simply trust the Artificially Intelligent engine to correct the word even when every letter is mis-tapped.
Does it work? Well, yes– kinda, sorta, mostly. I have some big fingers so it took practice to get it going, but once you get the hang of it, typing isn’t so bad; not iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but decent.
I showed FlickType to Carol to get her opinion.
Oh, honey. I just use the microphone and dictate anything I need to type. It’s far faster than typing and works great; just enunciate well and you can do it, too. For free.
Carol uses the popular Drafts app to capture dictated notes, but the little microphone can be used in Messages, too.
As usual, anything new takes some effort to master, but dictating is better than expected. You have to speak punctuation, and you have to think clearly about what you want to say, plus, it helps to review your work before saving a note or sending a message, but Apple’s built-in dictation is surprisingly good.
Do you plan to go shopping tonight question mark If so comma what time question mark I have some items on my list comma too period
That kind of thing.