Google has created a new mobile search input feature that allows users to perform handwriting operations on touchscreen devices.
The well-designed new feature, creatively termed as Google Handwrite, lets users manually handwrite search inquiries on Google’s homepage by simply writing the characters anywhere on their device’s touchscreen using their own fingers. Note: This feature is currently on its beta stage.
Rui Ueyama, software engineer at Google, posted in a blog yesterday, “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.”
Ueyama explained that the new feature does not intend to change the traditional hunt-and-peck typing; rather, it simply seeks to come up with an imaginative balance on the user’s search experience.
“We designed Handwrite to complement rather than replace typing: with the feature enabled, you can still use the keyboard at any time by tapping on the search box,” he added.
Handwrite involves a minimum requirement of at least iOS 5 versions in Apple devices, Android 2.3 Gingerbread in smartphones, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for tablets, and currently accommodates 27 international languages.