Many believed the days of having to handwrite anything were gone, but not if Google has anything to say about it. The search engine supergiant has recently launched a new feature for smartphones and tablets, which allows the user to write with their finger on the device and a Google search will appear, according to TIME Techland.
There is no application to start this, it is simply used on any Apple or Android phone or tablet. Basically, just by changing the settings to enable the handwriting feature, a user can use their index finger to start a search, according to the news outlet. Plus, it works for just a few letters or even extended words or phrases.
“For longer queries, you can continue writing and use the arrows next to the autocompletions to move the right one into the search box,” according to Google. “Since you can write anywhere, you don’t have to look back and forth repeatedly from the keyboard to the search box.”
However, many are wondering how often people will actually use this feature, and why Google decided to launch it.
“Say you’re standing on a busy street corner, in a bumpy taxi ride, talking with a friend, or sitting on the couch with your tablet. Handwrite enables you to search by just writing letters with your finger most anywhere on your device’s screen – there’s no keyboard that covers half of the screen and no need for hunt-and-peck typing,” according to Google.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the feature works with both landscape and portrait mode on a device. However, the landscape mode may work better to get a longer word into it. The feature is just in its experimental phase for now.
With the increased amount of personal information and features included in a person’s mobile device, they may want to implement a cell phone tracking software. This way, a person can easily locate their phone if it is lost or stolen and they can also ensure no one is trying to access their personal information. These devices are carrying much more useful information than they used to, so it may be important for people to find a way to protect both their mobile device and the data that is contained in it.