Does typing on your virtual keyboard makes you hit the roof on a bumpy ride? Do not let this short your fuse as Google have turned your mobile’s touchscreen into a keyboard. Now with Google search handwrite recognition, Just write the text with your fingers on your smartphones and tablets as you would do with plain old pen and paper and Google search box will be filled with text.
This newly introduced smart feature by Google is available on mobiles and tablets running on Android 2.3 and Android 4.0 respectively and iPhones and iPads having iOS5 and later. Although the native apps don’t offer this functionality at this time.
This feature is disabled by default on Google’s mobile search site. Users can enable this on the “Settings page”. Just go through the simple steps I have detailed below.
1. Go to the “Settings” of Google’s mobile search website and tap on it to guide to the settings page.
2. On the settings page locate the option “Handwrite” and enable it by tapping on the “Enable” button. On the bottom of the page hit the “Save” button to save the changes.
3. Now when you go back on the Google mobile search homepage you will find the hand-write bar on the bottom of the screen. Full bar confirms that you are now on the handwriting mode.To test the real fun try to draw a letter with your finger on the touchscreen of any of the supported device(you own). As the screenshot refers I tried to write “a” on my screen.
You must be wondering, where’s the fun in typing every goddamn letter of your search query? Nagged? Thankfully, you don’t have to. Google instant search will take care of that. When Google turns the gesture on the touchscreen to a letter of its nearest shape, a drop-down list of suggestions of your search will appear as it would have normally appeared for a normal search.
Everything has its shortfalls and Google mobile handwritten search is not an exception as it is a bit unresponsive if you are on a slow internet connection. Regarding the accuracy of gesture recognition, judging from my practical experience, it did reasonably well. If you can draw the gestures small enough, the gesture recognition handles three-letter combinations quite okay. But if you are a lazy typist, type in one character at a time to complete your search string.
Want to scroll your screen? Hit the circled “?” mark on the left of the handwriting bar and it will roll itself to the “g” button on the bottom right of your screen. You are now on regular search mode. Google voice search indeed had a better chance to ease the search experience, however, if failed due to accent problems due people origins and its influence on speaking English. The gesture recognition although includes more effort won’t have the geographic limitations of voice search.
So far we are talking about handwriting recognition on Google search, but yet another surprise is waiting for us. Now Google came up with something new on handwriting recognition.
Guess what? Handwriting recognition is also available in our Gmail account .Yes, you can compose your mail using handwriting. Follow the simple steps stated under and you will end up enjoying the fun.
Click on gear icon on the top-right corner of your Gmail account and select settings from the dropdown.Under language settings click “Change language settings for other Google products”. Again under Language tab click Input Tools and choose your language which has a pencil icon. As I have chosen English and save the changes.
Now you will be able to see the pencil icon as shown in the picture and by clicking it you can start to compose your first handwritten mail.
You can use it in Google docs also. Currently, this handwriting feature is available in Google Docs for over 20 languages and in Gmail for over 50 languages. So have fun with all these new features to play around with Google search handwriting recognition.
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