Let's face it, even with Swype and other on-screen keyboards that make it relatively easy to enter text on a smartphone, there are times when it's difficult or inconvenient to type, such as during a bumpy taxi ride. Google is hoping to make it even easier to search the web from your smartphone or tablet with a new feature called Handwrite. Now, in addition to being able to speak your queries, search by image, and view results before you finish typing, you can also write letters on your mobile device's screen using your fingers. Here's a closer look at how the functionality actually works:
Perhaps one of the most convenient features of Handwrite is the fact that you can write anywhere on the screen, so you're not limited to a small, predefined space. If you want to check it out for yourself, all you have to do is enable the feature from your mobile browser. First, navigate to Google.com from your smartphone and then tap on Settings at the bottom of the screen. You should see the option to enable Handwrite. Save the settings, and you should see the feature. To access the Settings menu from a tablet, you may need to open the Gear icon and look for Search Settings.
Handwrite is currently available in 27 languages for iOS5+ devices, Android 2.3+ phones and Android 4.0+ tablets.