Google has just added a cool new way to search on mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad.
It has added a handwriting recognition feature to their mobile web app called Handwrite, which allows you to search by just writing letters with your finger anywhere on your iOS device’s screen.
You need to enable the Handwrite for web search by tapping on going to Google.com in your iPhone or iPad, tap on “Settings” link at the bottom of the screen and then tap on enable “Handwrite” toggle. Please note that on tablets the Search settings are available when you tap on the gear icon.
Once the feature is enabled, tap the Handwrite icon on the bottom right corner of your screen to activate the writing surface. Write a few letters and you’ll see autocomplete options appear below the search box. If one of the options is what you’re looking for, just tap it to search. For longer queries, you can continue writing and use the arrows next to the autocompletions to move the right one into the search box. Since you can write anywhere, you don’t have to look back and forth repeatedly from the keyboard to the search box.
You can use the virtual keyboard at any time by tapping on the search box.
Check out the demo video of the Handwrite feature for web search:
The Handwrite feature is quite impressive. While we don’t see it replacing the virtual keyboard, we can think of few occasions when it can come in handy.
So point your iPhone or iPad’s Safari browser to Google.com, enable and test the Handwrite feature and let us know what you think in the comments.
[via Google’s Official Blog]