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Top Android App: Google Gesture Search

Top Android App: Google Gesture Search

Google has recently released it’s latest app from Google Labs, Gesture Search. With this new app you can search contacts, bookmarks, applications, and music by writing letters directly on your screen!  Currently only available for Android 1.6.

Application: Gesture Search
Version: 1.0.1
Size: 598KB
Category: Tools
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.7/5

User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 4.5/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Indispensability: 4.5/5

Search by gesturing anywhere on the screen.  You can use upper or lower case letters and one or more strokes.  Search results are continuously updated as you add or remove more letters.  You can gesture directly on top of the search results list or scroll the entire list.  You can activate a search result by clicking on it. For a contact phone number, just click the green phone icon like you normally would.  Also, it’s possible to search with prefixes, so if you’re looking for Google Maps, just gesture “G M.”  To make a space, draw a horizontal line on the search result list.

In order to delete a letter, just draw a line from right to left in the query box at the bottom of the app screen.  If you’d rather just delete everything you have written, draw a line from left to right.

The settings are very comprehensive and help to personalize the app.  If you’re a little slower between writing strokes, decrease your writing speed.  If you only like to gesture search for contacts, remove the other options from the searchable items list. Lastly, you can adjust the privacy settings to clear your search history and turn on/off Google’s gesture data collection.

Other than that, you should be good to go right off the bat!  There isn’t much to Gesture Search, it’s very simple to use.

Eventually, it would be nice to have Gesture Search functionality independent of an actual app.  The point of Gesture Search is to help you quickly find what you’re looking for.  However, if you have to open a dedicated app in order to use it, it detracts from the speed of the process.  It might be nice to see a widget with this ability, so that you could quickly get the information you need from your homescreen.  We’ll see what comes of Gesture Search, but hopefully it continues to be developed!

Try it today from the Android Market!

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