Search the Web Through Handwriting with Google Handwrite


Cross-posted from my other blog, Free Technology for Teachers.

This afternoon Google released a new way to search on your Android tablet and Android phone. Now instead of typing your query into the Google Search box, you can just handwrite a word or phrase to search. See it in action in the video below.

For now Handwrite for Google mobile only works on Android tablets running 4.0+ and Android phones running on 2.3+.

Handwrite could be useful for students who are frustrated by trying to type search phrases on a touchscreen device.

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One Response to “Search the Web Through Handwriting with Google Handwrite”

  1. On July 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM Andrea Clark responded with... #

    Of course, I had to go find it right away and try it. It’s a setting in Google search preferences on your phone or tablet (not an app from Google play, as I originally surmised). Since it took a little sleuthing on my part, I’m including the link here: http://bit.ly/Nx2Rwy I got it set up on my phone, but it doesn’t work very well in terms of handwriting recognition (and that’s using nice, neat teacher printing). Will try on my tablet and see if that’s any better.