Google Attempts To Keep The Written Word Alive With Handwrite For Mobile Search
In a world where the written word is all but forgotten, Google has introduced a new way to search using an old technique called handwriting. Aptly named Handwrite, Google’s new features allows users to use their fingers or styluses as a means of “handwriting” search queries. It’s actually more like doodling, but we’ll give them an E for effort.
This new feature is available for iOS5+ devices, Android 2.3+ phones and Android 4.0+ tablets and is possible in 27 languages. It’s just another way for us to interact with our devices and one that can come in handy in situations where typing is just too difficult.
To activate Handwrite for mobile search and tablets, all you have to do is go to Google.com in your mobile browser, tap on “Settings” at the bottom of the screen and enable “Handwrite.” You may need to refresh the homepage to see the feature.
It doesn’t always write the smoothest, but it does work. And for those complaining about long queries on a small screen phone: you can write one search word at a time. Simply write one word, pause while it enters itself into the search bar, then proceed with the next word.
Check it out and tell us what you think.