Google Handwrite launches to let iPad & Android users scribble handwritten web searches

by Doug Drinkwater

July 27 2012

Even handwriting has a place in the digital age, with Google having just launched a new search feature that allows smartphone and tablet owners to search online using handwriting gestures.

Tablet and smartphone owners looking to activate the new Handwrite feature will have to head to, and hit the ‘Settings icon. These users should then be able to enable the Handwrite setting.

Handwrite allows smartphone and tablet users to write all over their device’s screen, and offers up word suggestions depending on what has been written. The web search tool currently supports up to 27 languages.

Google says that Handwrite works best on Chrome and Android devices, with the feature supported on handsets running at Android 2.3 or above and tablets running at least Android 4.0. However, Google Handwrite also supports Apple’s iOS 5 and the tool worked very well on my iPad 2 (iOS 5.1.1).

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