Google mobile search site for tablets and phones now has a new exprimental "handwrite for web search" features for touch-screen devices, that let you write you query with your fingers instead of using a virtual keyboard on mobile devices.
When searching on a touch-screen mobile device it's often inconvenient to type -- to help in this matter, Google already offer a variety of ways to interact, be it by speaking your queries, getting results before you finish typing, or searching by image. Now, you can interact with Google using handwriting recognition on mobile phones and tablets.
"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," stated Google.
Google says the Handwrite feature is designed to complement rather than replace typing: with the feature enabled, you can still use the keyboard at any time by tapping on the search box.
This feature is disabled by default, to enable Handwrite, just go to Google.com in your mobile browser, tap on "Settings" at the bottom of the screen and enable "Handwrite." On tablets, the Search settings are available as an option behind the gear icon.
Once you saved the setting, you may need to refresh the homepage to see the feature. Than just tap the Handwrite icon on the bottom right corner of your screen to activate the writing surface.
"Write a few letters and you'll see autocomplete options appear below the search box. If one of the options is what you're looking for, just tap it to search. For longer queries, you can continue writing and use the arrows next to the autocompletions to move the right one into the search box. Since you can write anywhere, you don't have to look back and forth repeatedly from the keyboard to the search box," Google explains.
Though, Handwrite works in all browsers, but it works best in Chrome and is currently enabled in iOS5+, Android 2.3+ phones and Android 4.0+ tablets in 27 languages.