With a view to facilitate easy searching on touchscreen devices, Mountain View has introduced Google Handwrite for web search. As of now, the app works with Apple devices running iOS 5 or higher, Android 2.3+ smartphones and tablets deployed with Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, reports the official Google blog.
Google Handwrite for web search completely eliminates the need to type on the virtual keyboard, and launches a search if the concerned query is written in natural handwriting, anywhere on the screen. It can easily be enabled on handheld devices by navigating to Google.com and tapping on the Settings tab that appears at the bottom of the display. Users can then check the Handwrite option and start writing on the screen instead of typing. Those using tablets can find the Search settings behind the gear icon on the homepage.
“Say you’re standing on a busy street corner, in a bumpy taxi ride, talking with a friend, or sitting on the couch with your tablet. Handwrite enables you to search by just writing letters with your finger most anywhere on your device’s screen—there’s no keyboard that covers half of the screen and no need for hunt-and-peck typing,” reads a post by Rui Ueyama, Software Engineer on the official Google blog.
In order to start using this feature, users are required to first tap on the dedicated icon situated on the bottom right hand side corner and the writing surface will pop up for them. Moreover, it has also been integrated with autocomplete, so that as soon as some letters of the query are written, Google will display results below the search box. And even if this function is enabled, subscribers will continue to have the option to punch in the keywords.
Available in 27 languages, Google Handwrite for web search can now be enabled on compatible devices.