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Google added a new weapon to its arsenal of ways to search today – handwriting recognition on mobile devices. This feature is disabled by default. To enable it, go to Settings and tap Enable under Handwrite.
Google gives the perfect example of when this functionality could come in handy for entering short queries, but not necessarily for typing long search strings:
“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.”
This functionality is available on iPhones and iPads running iOS5+, as well as phones on Android 2.3+ and tablets running Android 4.0+. Handwriting recognition works for 27 languages.