By Stephen Schenck | January 18, 2013 7:31 PM
Considering how virtual keyboards keep getting better and better, you may have overlooked Google Handwrite, a neat way to enter search queries directly on your browser’s screen. Google introduced the feature last summer, which is basically a handwriting recognition system where you simply write your search term right on Google’s webpage, all in-browser, and supported on multiple platforms. If you haven’t given it a try yet, you might want to rethink that now, thanks to Google introducing a number of new improvements.
The first big change is the ability to overlap letters. If you don’t have enough space on your phone’s screen to write out a lengthier query, that’s no problem, as you now just write each letter on top of the previous one.
One change is language-specific, but will be very useful for Chinese speakers. Handwrite now lets you enter multiple characters on-screen at once, rather than having to do one at a time.
Finally, Google has tweaked its algorithm’s ability to discriminate between similar characters, and whether you’re writing in English or Japanese, Handwrite will be smarter about recognizing ambiguous situations. When it can’t quite work out what you meant, you’ll be given the option to quickly choose between possible characters.