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Google Introduces “Handwrite” for Mobile Searches

Moments ago, Google unwrapped their latest search feature called Handwrite. Once enabled on your mobile device, you can search for items by writing them out on your screen with a finger. As you can see in the screen shot above, the search works just as would if you were typing them, by providing suggestions along the way. This isn’t meant to replace traditional typing or voice search, but it could prove to be very useful should you be in a situation where typing is not optimal nor is speaking aloud to your phone. Just draw out some words, and let Google do the rest of the work.

They recommend that you use it in Chrome on Android, but it should work in most browsers. It does requires you to be running Android 2.3+. Give it a try!




Via:  Google

  • Google Should Die

    Google handwrite is a crap application which they force android users to “beta test” what a waste … Google youve really gone out of your way to be more of a nuisance than before.

  • ChrisTraeger1

    I like how they used a different browser in one of the sequences. Google’s got love for the devs.

  • ddevito

    I’m sure this was the result of “beta” testing of the old gesture search app.

    Any way you look at it this works like utter poop

  • RiddleMeThis

    I’m going to assume they are testing things out for something bigger cuz why would we go to google.com when you can use the browser, hit the search button or use voice search to find things.

  • great
    i found it in settings

  • shhhh

    chrome completely crashes if you write too much without letting your finger up…

    • shhhh

      scratch that. its when you draw a really big letter the size of the screen

  • Gr8Ray

    Hope they patented it.

  • summit1986

    swype has the same feature… except it isnt restricted to just google

  • Lucky Armpit

    I’m going to enable this right now… because I want to be able to use it before Apple claims they filed a patent for this *exact* feature in 1982 and Google has to release a patch to dumb our phones down to prevent Apple for filing yet another lawsuit.

  • imdarchitect

    I can’t get this to work on Dolphin HD (my default browser) on my Galaxy S3. It does work on the phone’s stock internet browser though.

  • imdarchitect

    I just tried this on Dolphin HD (my default browser) but it doesn’t seem to work. I was able to get it to work on the stock Samsung Galaxy S3 browser though.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Works ok. But why would i use that when the new voice search is so good?

  • Daniel Maginnis

    I would like it enabled from the omnibox. I never go to Google.com, but maybe that’s the point

  • Ken Bosse

    found it in settings, works ok.

    • you have to enable it in settings of google.com search page

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Hit the gear on top.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    will be fun.. for a day or 2

  • Works great in the stock browser of the galaxy s3…but the funny thing is that it lags like crazy in chrome…very weird

  • JMonkeYJ

    looks cool, but i never actually go to google.com to search, especially now that there’s the google now shortcut gesture in JB…

    • Bill Anderson

      Or even if I am using chrome, I just search from the URL bar. Going to google.com would be the most time consuming part!

      • michael arazan

        i wrote google slowly and perfectly 3 times in cursive and it listed good, goa, grrd

        • Google sux

          Had the same issue it’s a crap application … Total fail

    • Word to that – they gotta work this into the native/Now searchbar

  • big gay al

    I want Google inside me.:-)

  • Mark

    All this needs is Graffiti support!

  • derek connolly

    just tried it…kinda fun…

  • George264

    I understand this on tablets. Works fine on my Nexus 7, but on my Rezound, even on the Galaxy Nexus, it’s a pain in the ass to use. Too small space, and sometimes it registers a stroke as a punctuation mark, which messes up. Better off using a keyboard. Maybe swype?

    • florious80

      I just tried it. You are 100% right on Gnex. Pretty hard to use.

  • John

    Pretty not bad

  • Just did this, very very cool. I want to text like this.

  • Deandre Brown

    The chick working out and looking at pictures of cupcakes. LOL

  • Nice!

  • sc0rch3d

    winmo6 had this feature. i loved it on my omnia. you could tap any text box then use your finger or stylus to write individual letters or whole words (print or cursive)