Google just launched a new feature for touch screen phones that allow users to do searches by simply tracing the letters on the screen. This will work on Android and iOS devices, and that includes tablets as well. The user has to manually activate it though:
- Open up Google Search on your device.
- Go to Settings (bottom of screen for phones, top right for tablets)
- Enable Handwriting.
- Click done.
You can switch handwriting mode on or off by clicking the little button on the bottom right.
The page should show a quick demo, and thereafter you simply start writing. It is remarkably accurate in our experience – and there is almost no delay while it figures out what you write. We must be honest though – it is not something we will use every day, because we still find typing faster.
Is it something you will use, or is it simply a nice to have feature?