Google’s Gesture Search Arrives for a Select Few Handsets
Google has just pushed out another Labs feature for Android handsets running 2.0 or later. It’s called Gesture Search and it just that – It searches by gesture. Using the app, Nexus One and Droid owners can search contacts, bookmarks, applications, and music by drawing little letters on the touchscreen. As you scribble more letters, your results will pare down.
Rather than running on top of the handset as a means of input, Gesture Search is an application that must be opened each time. It’s recommended that after installing the app, you place a shortcut on your desktop so it’s always within reach.
The jury is still out as to how intuitive this feels or what kind of learning curve it has, but we can imagine this cuts down on the long scrolls through contacts and bookmarks. yes on your phone (don’t take this as a recommendation to use it while driving, though — that’s never safe).
Please keep in mind that this requires Android 2.0 or later and is currently only available in the US. If you don’t meet these two requirements, you will not find it in the Android Market no matter how hard you try. Until more handsets get upgraded from 1.6 or 1.5 (GASP!), this type of app is for an elite few. However, if you do have what it takes, scan the barcode to the right and get going!