Search by Gesturing on Android

Posted on Mar 30 2010 - 2:50pm by mrwangkai

Gesture Search from Google Labs lets you search your Android-powered device by drawing alphabet gestures on the touch screen. It allows you to quickly find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or a music track from hundreds or thousands of items, all in one place. It is fast and fun to use.

If there was ever a competition to see which platform has the most complete set of search methods, Android would have won. Adding to the capability to search with voice and text is the search by gesture.

First brought in by Palm years ago, gesturing hasn’t really taken center stage in mobile computing (despite the grow for multi-touch). Gesture Search from Google Labs let’s you draw alphabets on the touch screen to quickly find items like contacts, bookmarks, application or a music track.

The service isn’t pack with a whole lot of gestures that you need to learn, just characters and common sense actions such as delete with a horizontal line going from right to left.

If you own an Android-powered device, this can be added to your arsenal of searches – great in situations where audio search is not convenient (concert hall) and keyboard just doesn’t work (no idea why).

You can find it by searching “Gesture Search” in the Android Market. It’s currently compatible with any Android device with Android 2.0 and up.

Learn more about it on its Google Labs page or read about it on the Official Google Mobile Blog.

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