How to Search by Gesture on your Android Phone

For this you’ll need an Android mobile phone running at least v1.6, although this was originally a v2.0 app. We had a quick look at My Sign for the Motorola Milestone recently, where a sign ‘drawn’ on the touchscreen would take you directly to an application, but here is one which performs a search instead.

Performed by a Google Labs application, Google Gesture Search recognises the letter you scrawl on the screen, digs about inside your phone to find relevant results and then displays them on screen.

  • Download the Gesture Search application over at Google Labs and install it on your Android phone.
  • Start the application when you want to search your phone.
  • Draw letters on the centre of the screen, as big as you like!
  • Results will come back from your contacts, applications, bookmarks and music collection.

Here are a couple of handy bonus gestures which work too:

  • Swipe left to right to erase your search and start the whole process from the beginning.
  • Swipe right to left to delete one character.

The more you use Gesture Search, the more familiar it becomes with your phone, improving results every time.

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