Google’s new handwriting app wants you to scribble on-screen

google appGoogle has a new Android app designed to capture your on-screen penmanship.

The app, called Google Handwriting Input, is designed to allow users to “write” on a smartphone or tablet touchscreen. It automatically interprets letters and transforms them into standard digital text. The feature works with or without a stylus — so go ahead and use your fingers — and can interpret 82 languages. Developed by the company’s research team, Handwriting Input can identify both cursive and print handwriting, and accepts emojis.

“Using handwriting as an input method can allow for natural and intuitive input method for text entry which complements typing and speech input methods,” Google’s Research team wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

Google’s handwriting app has company. Microsoft’s Windows versions over the years have featured handwriting recognition on tablet PCs. Indeed, the feature has been used in the corporate world for many years where employees can turn to tablet PCs to quickly take notes or fill out forms.  More

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