Google Wants You To Draw Search Words On An iPhone Instead Of Typing Them

Google Wants You To Draw Search Words On An iPhone Instead Of Typing Them

Want to hear something silly? Today Google introduced this odd beta feature called Handwrite that’s supposed to change the way you interact with search on your iPad, iPhone or other mobile devices.

The way it works is that instead of pulling up the Google homepage on your iPhone and typing in your search query, you just draw the words instead. It’s suppose to be a “fun and easy new way to search,” but it’s probably one of Google’s worst concepts and here’s why.

The biggest problem with Handwrite is that if you’re using an iPhone the screen is so tiny you don’t have enough room to draw a big word. Sure, if your search word is just “dog”, “cat”, or “pizza” then it works well. But how often do you make short search queries like that? And what if you need to google “Kristen Stewart” and find out if she really is truly sorry that she ripped out Robert Pattison’s heart and ran it over with a steamroller? No dice.

The other problem with Handwrite is that you have to write clearly, and I have the penmanship of a 3rd grader. Plus, all your accidental touches and stray ticks are counted as characters which lead to a big messy search word that doesn’t  make any sense.

I haven’t had a desire to draw characters on a screen since I threw my Palm m505 away back in 2002, but hey, Google’s trying and that should count for something I guess. What they really need to do is change Handwrite into Pictionary type engine where you can draw a picture of anything and Google recognizes it and brings up. Think about the possibilities there. No, seriously.

What do you think? Do you see yourself using Handwrite? Or is it mostly just a gimmick?

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  • shad0ws

    “Google Wants You To Draw Search Words On An iPhone Instead Of Typing Them” … upon seeing these words in my Twitter feed, my first / literal response was: “What? No! Fuck you.”

    i’m sure this product will do wonderfully!

  • Th3_1d

    From my understanding its more of an extension to Google search than a replacement. I can see some uses for it, more in the field of handwriting recognition then productive searching. It might help if some of your fingers are in a cast or something like that.

    On a side note, I realize that everything on this site is going to be biased towards ai (it would be ignorant to assume otherwise) but this was so biased it almost made it sick. The only thing this article covers is how terrible this idea is and how it is going to fail. I can only imagine what a different article this would be if it was apple instead of Google that came up with the idea.
    Some of the articles on this site are enjoyable and intelligent, this was not one of them Mr. Heine.

  • Buster

    @Th3_1d I don’t know, even if Apple did it we would call it out and say it’s a silly idea though. It’s not like Apple’s never had a bad idea. We don’t claim to be an completely objective journalistic organization, but I am sorry if I was too negative and gave you a tummy ache :( I would never want to do that to a reader. I was just trying to be funny in a bratty sort of way, but I guess I wasn’t :(

  • ddevito

    this kids is what they call innovation. Educate yourselves

  • Th3_1d

    @Buster Not really a big deal, It just seems like the only point of the article was to poke fun at Google. I’m sure if I drank more Kool-aid I would find it funnier, just not my cup of tea I guess.

    Thanks for the response though, I really appreciate it.

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