MacNN | Google updates Handwrite to 1.0 with better recognition
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Google updates Handwrite to 1.0 with better recognition
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 4:11pm

Google has updated its Handwrite input technology to v1.0, officially bringing it out of beta. The option lets users draw characters at the mobile version of google.com to perform searches; while mostly just a perk in countries with Western alphabets, it can simplify searches in languages like Chinese or Japanese. The v1.0 update is said to improve recognition quality, in part through new interpretation features.



If a person writes potentially ambiguous character, the website will now bring up a list of alternatives to tap, such as "l" or "1" in place of "L." The site has also been made more tolerant of overlapping, which can solve issues with screen space that in some cases forces people to write a letter at a time. Along similar lines, Chinese support has finally been updated to support multiple onscreen characters. Handwrite has been in place since July 2012. The technology is off by default, however. To enable it, a person has to flip the option on under mobile search settings.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Most Recent Stories:

  • Weekly Game Replay: Double Fine layoffs, $10B Call of Duty franchise - 8:20 PM EST
  • Yahoo acquires photo-aggregation application developer Cooliris - 5:06 PM EST
  • Xiaomi looking to overtake Apple, Samsung in the next 10 years - 3:27 PM EST
  • Samsung launches tactical ITC complaint against Nvidia's GPU line - 12:05 PM EST
  • Target claims no responsibility for 'Black Friday' data theft in court - 11:04 AM EST
  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed - 10:13 AM EST
  • FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by 'big dog' ISPs coming - 9:40 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • Samsung launches tactical ITC complaint against Nvidia's GPU line - 12:05 PM EST
  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed - 10:13 AM EST
  • Briefly: Google Drive Chromebook offer, AT&T Nexus 6 issue - 2:42 PM EST
  • British regulator urges Russian authorities to shut down webcam site - 1:54 PM EST
  • Amazon reportedly preparing advertising-supported Prime Instant Video - 11:33 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.