On Mobile, Google Now Allows You To Handwrite What You’re Searching For

It started with typing your query, then voice queries, then image based queries and now Google announced you can hand-write your queries.

Google announced today you can hand write your query on your smartphone or tablet when on Google.com. All you have to do is place your finger on the Google home page and use your finger to write. Google will use its handwriting technology to convert the handwriting to text.

To enable it, go to Google.com on your mobile or tablet device and click on “Settings” at the bottom of the screen (or for tablets at the top right) and enable “Handwrite.” Then go to Google.com on the device and start writing.

Here is a screen shot after you enable the handwrite option:

Here is a screen shot of my “SEO” hand written query on my iPad:

Once it is enabled, the home page wil allow you to write your query. On the search results page you can activate the screen by clicking on the “Handwrite icon” at the bottom right of the screen. Here is a more detailed help document on handwrite instructions and here is a tips document from Google on this new feature.

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  • http://www.richardrazo.com/ Richard Razo

    Interesting! I wonder how accurate it is, and if other programs will adapt this handwriting technology into their mobile websites and apps?

  • http://twitter.com/irene_enriquez Irene Enriquez

    I can’t find the handwrite option in the settings. 

  • http://twitter.com/irene_enriquez Irene Enriquez

    OK. I found it. 

  • http://twitter.com/wookiesam Bibi Mukherjee

    huh? what’s next? 
    Visual search ( wear Google glasses & anything you set your eyes on you can learn more about it on the world wide web)? 

  • Olya Ianovskaia

    a bit annoying to have to switch out of handwriting mode to be able to browse search results..but still a neat idea :)

  • jkings

    Neat idea but it’s going to take a lot more time to write out a query than typing one. 

  • http://holisticfuture.com/ Linda Anderson

    I wonder when the keyboard will become obsolete?

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  • Gary Bisha

    That is nice google.

  • http://twitter.com/AmandaMBetts Amanda M. Betts

    I wonder when the keyboard will become obsolete? http://SkilledExplorer.blogspot.com

  • Ali Ahmed

    WOW Awesome – Creative Update !!!

    Now-a-days Google is Updating What I like :)

  • http://twitter.com/ContentAxis Content Axis

    I guess it will help people save much of their time and energy. Since mobile screen are small and handy typing on the tiny keyboard has always been a matter of headache. Hope this will save us from all those difficulties.

  • http://twitter.com/iashishPsingh Ashish Pratap Singh

    It’s amazing, better if it will be a bit more clever. Googlers always
    rock. Hope they will make the recognition more smart so that it can
    easily be used on small screen devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.nathaniel.bailey Nathaniel Bailey

    Very nice, I just had a play on my smart phone which has quite a large screen and it worked rather well :)

    The only problem I had was with a couple of letters, for example if you write “g” in lower cast and don’t join it up fully it seems to think its an “s” or “w” some times lol. but apart from my sloppy hand writing I think this is working great and couple take of quite well if google markets it to the real world and not just web savvy people like webmasters and SEOs

  • Fatih ÖZ

    hi, Very nice, I just had a play on my smart phone which has quite a large screen and it worked rather well :)


  • Deepti Aggarwal

    Hey I am using iPhone 3GS, I am not finding the option to enable “Handwrite” in Setting section. Can anyone help me?

  • Deepti Aggarwal

    Whao Amazing feature.Found it :-)

  • http://www.michaelmerritt.org/ Michael Merritt

    Pretty cool but sometimes it’s hard to avoid clicking on one of the suggestions, especially when you need to tap to write something, like the dot in a lowercase “i”.

  • http://www.way2earning.com/ Suresh

    This feature is damn cool and worked well on my smart phone. But, it may be a bit annoying in the beginning.

  • http://twitter.com/travel_leaf Sarita and Jon

    Its a nice gimmik, but wouldnt use it for everyday use. It takes longer than if you just typed your query.

  • http://twitter.com/seoshiv Shiv Kumar Gupta

    Hi I am using blackberry but can’t found any one suggest me how can i enable this feature???? 

  • Blue-eyed Gal

    Well, that’s one way to get people to come to Goog’s homepage instead of using Safari’s search box.

    Google has to keep doing gimmicks like this to counteract its deteriorating “evil” reputation. But I admit, I find it handy.

    Now if they’d just fix it so you could cross out a search query and write a new one, instead of having to fumble for the tiny x button! Otherwise, I’m finding it faster than typing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/www.firdaus.in Firdaus Ansari

    Wow !!!! Now searching on Google is going to be more enjoyable. Thank u Google.

  • http://twitter.com/igl00FTW igl00

    tested on my android, works sweet

  • http://www.seogenx.com/ Nandkishor

    I love to use Mobile but, it was so frustrating when I had to search something from
    Google. This will be a helpful feature for me as it saves time typing any query. So, searching on mobile has become too easy and fast with this new handwriting enhancement.

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