Gesture Search Your Android

Google released a new “labs” application for Android 2.0+ devices called Gesture Search.  It adds the ability to search your phone using your own finger writing skills instead of the keyboard.  It will search all through your phone just like the regular search does, but instead of needing to type in letters, you can simply draw them on the screen with your finger.  This type of control is not new, PDA style handwriting recognition has been around for a long time, but it does give you a little more options for searching. 

Some users have difficulties with the on screen keyboard, especially if you are in a rush and don’t have time to try and pick out each letter.  Instead you can use the gesture sure to utilize the entire screen for creating your letters instead of relying on the ability to accurately tap the small letter on the screen you wish to search for.  This is more of an evolution of the multi-touch, gesture control that has been in Android for a while.  As a matter of fact, you can use the same type of gesture commands in the Dolphin Browser, and I frequently do.  I setup short-cut commands in the browser and instead of having to tap the screen a few times in small areas, I simple invoke the gesture pad and draw a big “R” if I want to refresh.

Dolphin Browser Gesture

Gesture Input for Dolphin Browser

Like I stated at first, it’s only for Android 2.0+ devices which is currently limited to the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One, but if you have one of those the download is available in the market, though it is limited to certain countries.


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