Android Wear’s latest missteps reinforce Apple Watch strengths

There is no question of the value of text input on a smartphone. As popular as Siri and other voice assistants have become over the past few years, pecking out an email or text message using an on-screen keyboard, with autocomplete and prediction, mimics physical keyboards in the best possible ways.

In the wearable space, the opposite is true. Screens are typically too small, and too oddly-shaped, to facilitate on-screen keyboards, which leaves dictation as the likely ideal way to send someone a message longer than a few words. The Apple Watch, in particular, utilizes Siri for a variety of purposes, from dictating text messages and email replies to asking about the weather.