Google releases gesture search for Android

Google has just released a new experimental type of searching for Android 2.0 or above devices.  The Gesture Search will do just as the application suggests, search through applications, bookmarks, contacts and even music tracks on your device with recognized characters.

If you are looking for “Neowin”, open Gesture Search, and begin spelling the name.  After each character is written in, the search will narrow down the results automatically for you.  Gesture Search can also recognize messy handing writing, such as when you draw an “A” that looks a bit like an “H”, results for both letters will appear in your results.

Gesture Search works great for those moments when voice search may be inappropriate, such as a meeting or during a movie when you don’t want to disturb anyone in your surroundings.

In addition to this application, Gesture Search learns from your previous searches, bringing your most used or last used searches to the top, so you don’t need to spell out the entire name again.

Gesture Search is available for free in the Android Market… just search for it!

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doug_jnr said,
Can't believe Apple didn't patent this one!
They probably did. 'Do something on a device with your finger' probably covers it.

neonlite said,
i cant find it in the market :(

Neowin forgot to add that it is US only for the moment


Today we're pleased to announce Gesture Search, a new Google Labs application for Android-powered devices running Android 2.0 or above in the US.

In addition to this application, Gesture Search learns from your previous searches, bringing your most used or last used searches to the top, so you don’t need to spell out the entire name again.

Great stuff for the most part, the application ranks highly on the awesome scale. However I take issue with the quoted text. I used to have an old Motorola phone whos predictive text used to do this, it would bubble your most commonly used words to the top of the list for "easy access", but what it ended up doing is making predictive texting hard because you couldn't predict where words would be in the list of suggestions. I fear the same may happen here, but that remains to be seen.

So, why is that visual showing contacts "a" when it's suggested "n" is being used, bad choice of image perhaps?

Exosphere said,
So, why is that visual showing contacts "a" when it's suggested "n" is being used, bad choice of image perhaps?

Actually i think it was just showing the search results for the first entry, which was a capital H.

Jeez. Windows CE (before Win Mobile) had full handwriting recognition ten years ago - even worked in Chinese. So how is this such a big deal? Does it work in Chinese too?

There's no way Google has the technology to do handwriting. They'll need to go back to school and learn software development 101. Apple can't do handwriting either. They screwed up the handwriting on Newton so badly there are even Dilbert cartoons about it. They still can't do handwriting hence the iPad has a typewriter emulator instead.

So how is this progress? My mom's phone did this ten years ago.

greatscot said,
Jeez. Windows CE (before Win Mobile) had full handwriting recognition ten years ago - even worked in Chinese. So how is this such a big deal? Does it work in Chinese too?

There's no way Google has the technology to do handwriting. They'll need to go back to school and learn software development 101. Apple can't do handwriting either. They screwed up the handwriting on Newton so badly there are even Dilbert cartoons about it. They still can't do handwriting hence the iPad has a typewriter emulator instead.

So how is this progress? My mom's phone did this ten years ago.

Lol, calm down. This is just another app, not a full blown text input system.

Google has just released a new experimental type of searching for Android 2.0 or above devices

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