Google announces search by handwriting on iOS and Android

first_imgWhen it comes to smartphones and tablets, there’s a fairly constant argument in regards to whether or not we need a stylus in our day-to-day lives anymore. Inevitably, the conversation shifts to handwriting recognition software. Back in the days of the Palm Pilot, handwriting recognition software was a constant effort, something you learned and used every day if you had one of those devices. Somewhere along the way we lost handwriting recognition in exchange for smarter keyboards that have slowly gotten better and better and guessing what we are typing. Today Google has taken us back to scribbling with our fingers be releasing Handwrite for Google search.All you need to do in order to enable Handwrite is open you browser. And Android or iOS device can just go to Google.com and access your search settings. Google warns that this feature currently works best on the native Android browser on Android 2.3+ phones, Android 4.0+ tablets, and iOS 5+ phones and tablets. I also found that it worked great on Chrome for Android.From the search settings you will see Handwrite, and an option to enable the service. Once you have enabled the service, save you settings and you’ll be redirected to the Google search page, where the new Handwrite icon will now be at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.To use Handwrite, just tap the icon and start writing with your finger, anywhere on the screen. Your finger will be followed immediately with a blue line that disappears as soon as you stop writing. Very quickly, Google will determine what it is you just wrote, and transfer that information to the search box.In testing, I found that Handwrite recognized samples of both my terrible cursive and terrible print handwriting, and I found it to be remarkably accurate. Once the search field starts populating, Google search behaves like it normally does and tries to guess what you are looking for.via Google’s official bloglast_img read more