This is pretty cool. Hot on the heels of today’s Google Earth 3D app update, the company has just made another announcement involving mobile.

Starting today, users will be able to take advantage of a new handwriting recognition feature when googling things on mobile devices…

9to5Google spotted the new feature, and says Google is now in the process of rolling it out to all users. It allows you to use your finger to write what you are looking for in Google search, instead of typing it.

Here’s how to activate it:

  • Visit google.com/preferences on your iPhone or iPad
  • Enable the ‘Handwrite’ feature and make sure to Save
  • Return to google.com and tap the ‘g’ icon

That’s all there is to it. Keep in mind that the feature is still in beta, and it may not be immediately available in some areas. We’re not exactly sold on its usefulness yet, but it’s something fun to play around with.

What do you think? Cool or pointless?

  • Whoa! That feature surely looks pretty impressive.

  • Curt Done

    Cool and pointless at the same time…

  • Not the best option for the iPhone 3G.

    We need a bigger screen!

  • Wow, can’t you guys appreciate anything good. That’s pretty cool feature and really very accurate.

    • Kurt Lewis

      3 apple fanboys got mad at you for saying we should appreciate something good. pathetic fanboys

  • Donavan Asmawidjaja

    Doesn’t work on the Google Chrome app xD At least on Safari is does.

    • Work for me both Safari and Chrome. I guess it works in any browser.

    • Work on both. 🙂

  • Metroview

    type a long word on it such as superfragilisticexpialidocious and see how practical it is then…

  • it’s become more useful then i thought and i’ve only been useing it for a day

  • lol the girl on the treadmill has the steadiest hands ever! haha

  • Alec Vanek

    It’s really accurate with my bad spellings and handwriting.

  • Cool concept but wouldn’t respond well on my 4S. The g button wouldn’t recognize being tapped, the backspace button did nothing and it didn’t auto search like it normally would. Don’t know of that means it didn’t recognize my writing or what. Sounded cool tho.

  • Appletiser

    its good, it handles my inaccurate and clumsy spelling more precisely than the native iOS keyboard 🙂

  • Google search now features handwriting recognition on mobile devices
    Ha! doesnt work on Nexus 7

  • I had a feeling Google would have some searches that you can draw instead of writing. So far I’ve only found ‘heart’ by drawing it. Anybody else found any??

  • Waiting for Apple to patent this…

  • Works pretty well but so far I found that I can type faster than I can write on a touchscreen.

  • Mattbra

    It lags a little on iPhone 4

  • pissed off

    Shot never works on HTC