Google launches Gesture Search for, um, searching Android contacts

Google Gesture Search

Android 2.0+ Tapping on-screen keyboards is soooo yesterday. These days it's all about swiping your fingers. (Or Swyping.) And Google's gotten into the game with Gesture Search, which allows you to draw letters on the screen to search through your contacts, browser, apps and music.

While I've been openly skeptical of the Swype keyboard (hey, you guys love it and the Swype folks are quality people, so to each his own), there's enough room for error here that even ol' Fumble Fingers Nickinson can draw out a letter or two and find who or what he's looking for. It works like this: Draw a letter. That's an H above, though the app recognizes it could just be a (very) sloppy A, and thus the results we see. Once you have the initial results, draw another letter and the search narrows.

It's pretty simple, and it works pretty well. Get it now in the Android Market. [Google Mobile Blog]

Phil Nickinson
  • This is one of those things that would be useful if it was built into the OS. It doesn't really do anything for me as a standalone app, though. I've already removed this one.
  • Apple already invented this.
  • No they didn't, it was Toshiba way back in 1998.
  • I agree that it should be built into the OS. I like it, though!
  • Edit: wrong reply
  • @ davbak - thanks for the info, douchebag. Not a bad app. Needs work tho....
  • Easy there Trigger, it was a joke.
  • Actually works very well. I'll keep the shortcut for now but do not think it will replace the regular search function on the phone.
  • It should be built into the OS, I don't want to have to back out of the music app just to use this to search for another song while driving (which I shouldn't be doing anyway) cause its faster to search. But I like it, not sure if I'll use it since its a hassle to keep having to go to it to use it.
  • I dont find this app on the market, maybe because I live outside U.S.A?
    I click the link on my Nexus One, but doesnt work.
  • For those complaining that it should be built in to the OS instead of as a standalone app, did you ever consider that the app is just a testbed? It's a lot easier to release an app to test the concept, work out the kinks, and gather data to improve the service than it is to bundle it into the OS and find out it's not working right.