Earlier today, Google launched a new keyboard for Android devices called Google handwriting Input. As the name suggests, this keyboard essentially converts what you scribble into text. It supports 82 languages, including several India languages like Hindi, Odia, Kannada and Telugu among others. We spent some time with the keyboard and here’s what we think of it.
The Google Handwriting Input app sports an uncluttered menu, which not only lets users switch on handwriting as the default keyboard, but also lets users download the language packs. The keyboard layout is minimalistic at best, with a blank space for you to scribble at. Furthermore, there is a backspace button, as well as a switch to toggle between Google Handwriting and other keyboards easily.
Let’s start out with the positives. The app is quite accurate, and is capable of understanding the worst of handwritings. Be it cursive writing or block letters, more often than not the app was able to correctly predict what we wanted to type. Typing in regional languages too was fairly accurate, but it does take a few tries to get a hang of it.
There are however a few negatives. It takes a few tries to get a hang of the keyboard, especially when chatting with your friends. While it is easy to write with your finger, the accuracy when using a stylus is much higher.
To wrap it up, Google’s Handwriting Input won’t be replacing the QWERTY keyboard anytime soon, but it is a nice alternative to have, especially when you want to type in your regional language. You can head over to the Google Play Store to download the app for free.