Just write on the touch screen the title of the item you are looking for, e.g., a person's name or the name of a song. You don't need to write the entire word and the search results are continuously updated as you add each letter or number. Once the target item is shown in the list, just click on the item to bring it up.
Yes. You can delete a gesture or wipe of the entire query by drawing a horizontal line in the bottom query display area: drawing from right to left deletes the last letter of the query and drawing from left to right to wipe off the entire query.
Yes. When you click on a contact item in the search result list, it brings up the detailed view of the contact. To directly make a call, click on the green phone icon on the left of the item. This will skip the detailed view and dial the displayed phone number.
Yes. You can just scroll the list as usual: sliding or flipping the list. Gesture Search automatically discerns if you are drawing a letter or scrolling the list.
Yes. You can add a space by drawing a horizontal line on top the search result list. This appends a space in the search query.
Gesture Search recognizes both, and numbers (since version 1.1).
Gesture Search currently indexes contacts, bookmarks, applications and music tracks. You can exclude certain types of contents in Settings.
No. You can write a letter or number in more than one strokes. Gesture Search uses a timeout to delimit whether a stroke is part of the current or the next letter. Use the menu item Settings to set the Writing Speed property. You can specify Slow, Medium or Fast to indicate how long you want Gesture Search to wait for the next stroke of the same letter.
For now, Gesture Search only indexes contacts, bookmarks, applications and music tracks in the English alphabet and numbers. We don't yet index other types of data in other languages. If this is not the case, try to refresh the index by the Refresh Index menu and then search again.
In Gesture Search 1.2, we added Double Flip, a feature that allows you to start Gesture Search anytime by flipping your phone away and then back. But due to the limitation of sensors that are available on the phone, Double Flip might not work well in certain orientations, or while you are walking or in a moving vehicle. You can turn the feature on or adjust its sensitivity in Menu->Settings. You can learn Double Flip by watching an animation in Menu->Help.
In Gesture Search 1.2, Gesture Search responds to the global accessibility setting that you specify. To turn the accessibility on or off, go to the home screen, bring up the menu, click on the Settings and then Accessibility. Once the accessibility is turned on, Gesture Search will vibrate when you add or remove a gesture. With the TalkBack service, it also automatically reads out the top item in the search result list. Note that you need to have the latest TalkBack service installed which you can download from the Android Market.
At this time Gesture Search from Google Labs is only available for Android-powered phones with Donut (1.6) or later versions.
Gesture Search from Google Labs is part of Google Labs, a playground for
Google engineers and adventurous Google users. Google staffers with
wild and crazy ideas post their prototypes on Google Labs and solicit
feedback on how the technology could be used or improved.
Please, remember to wear your safety glasses while using this app.
Yes, we are still working on a number of buggy areas such as keeping the index up to date as much as possible, and improving recognition accuracy and search quality.