Google has designed a new android app which enables writers to use handwriting. Google Handwriting Input is available in the Google Play Store and it works on Android phones and tablets. The app includes 82 languages and in addition it can also be used for emojis. It can be used on devices which have Android 4.0.3 or above.
This app could save users from typos. Many products have tried to deal with the problem of touchscreen keyboards. For example Ryan Seacrest has developed a Bluetooth keyboard known under the name of Typo which can be connected to iPhones or iPads so that you can use physical buttons when writing. Apps such as Swype have also tried to offer a different alternative of typing. And many similar products and apps can be found all over the internet including on sites like Amazon.
However there is nothing like handwriting. Google Handwriting Input automatically interprets handwritten letters (both cursive and print) and numbers and turns them into standard digital text. Google’s research team said:
“Using handwriting as an input method can allow for natural and intuitive input method for text entry which complements typing and speech input methods.”
This is not the first app of this type. My Scrip is another such app. It is available on both Android and iOS and it is quite popular among users, having gathered hundreds of thousands of downloads. Microsoft’s Windows also enables handwriting on tablet PCs and offers the Windows Journal app which allows you to input handwriting. It reads the text and transforms it into the standard digital version.
What makes the Google version special is the fact that it took many years for the researchers to develop it. They used data from other similar apps such as Google Input Tools, Mobile Search and translate Apps. In addition Google’s app offers a larger number of languages. Moreover the most convenient part is the fact that unlike other similar products you do not have to be online in order to use Google Handwriting Input.
Google Handwriting Input will probably not become a replacement for touch-typing for a large number of users. However it is an option which you can try if you want to experiment. The experience can be more fun if you have a Galaxy Note 4 which is provided with the S Pen.
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