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Google, being Google, comes up with new features about three times a week, but not all features are created equal. This week, Google’s come up with one of the neatest features we’ve seen in a while: Handwrite. The new Handwrite feature lets you search Google on your mobile or tablet by writing the letters anywhere on the screen using your finger, without having to use the keyboard at all.

With smartphones and tablets getting ever more popular, many of us don’t have the patience to wait for the right time to search – we want to search Google NOW. Be it on the bus, in the street or while watching TV, most of us will pull out the phone and start searching the moment we think about it. Using the keyboard, especially on smartphones, is not always that easy, and this is where the new Handwrite feature becomes really useful.

To enable it, go to on your mobile browser and access the search settings. On a smartphone, this will be a link at the bottom of the page; for tablets, tap on the cogwheel on the top right and choose “Search settings” from the menu. In the settings, find “Handwrite” and tap on “Enable”. Now, when you want to use handwriting, tap on the handwritten “g” at the bottom and start writing anywhere on the screen.

Google’s autocomplete features work just as well with handwriting, and you’ll be able to start writing a word and have Google complete it for you. To use the keyboard again, just tap on the search box.


Where will you make use of Google Handwrite?

Source: Google Blog

  1. Charlie Player
    July 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    awesm bt nt have any smartphone yet

  2. Manide
    July 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Life becomes complicated more and more... :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Don't worry, you don't even have to enable this feature if you don't want to!

  3. Muhannad Agha
    July 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    good guy google

  4. VS Vishnu
    July 29, 2012 at 6:24 am

    good feature..

  5. sabih
    July 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Amazing, I shall try it with my sister's IPod Touch! Great find, thank you!

  6. Mike Green
    July 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I think this is going to be best for tablets, most smart phones will be far too small, I know my ZTE Blade will be

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      I tried it on a tablet, but I actually thought it would be more useful on a smartphone where the keyboard is small. It's nice that you can write on any part of the screen you want.

  7. Âdil Farôôq
    July 28, 2012 at 8:15 am

    wow amazing

  8. Fabrice Soopramanien
    July 28, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Did just now on my iPhone !! Just like a breeze !! :P !!

  9. Fabrice Soopramanien
    July 28, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Looks pretty nice feature. Need to try it !! :P !!

  10. Va Du
    July 28, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I found it sort of fun to mess around with but don't ever see using it. I consider myself to have enormous sausage fingers but I still found typing much faster.

  11. Vipul Jain
    July 28, 2012 at 4:22 am

    guess its available on select handsets only, doesnt show up on my Optimus One :/

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      July 28, 2012 at 6:04 am

      Try in "Search settings" if you could find it .

      • Vipul Jain
        July 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

        thnx, that worked it.. :D
        though since my device doesnt support multi touch over 2 fingers and by now is quite slow, its no fun.
        hope to get a new tab or phone soon :/

      • Eric Wardowski
        July 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        It just must not be available on my Samsung for MetroPCS. I found Search settings but maybe it will be in the next update or on my next phone.

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

          They didn't specify that it works only on some devices, but I did notice it doesn't work on all Google domains. If you're not in the US, try going to manually and look for it then.

  12. ranjit singh
    July 28, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Good pieece of info

  13. Mart Küng
    July 28, 2012 at 3:48 am

    And how well does it work? Does it get the handwriting correct every time?

    • Henree Arriola de Garcia
      July 28, 2012 at 4:06 am

      Try it yourself.

      • Mart Küng
        July 28, 2012 at 4:14 am

        Don't Have a smartphone or anything else with touchscreen.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      It works well, it had trouble only when my handwriting was so bad I couldn't even read it. :)

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