March 3, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The latest experiment to make it into Google Labs is Gesture Search, a product that searches for items based on letters of the alphabet entered onto the phone. When a user draws the letter ‘H’ on the designated gesture pad, it will become easier to locate contacts, bookmarks, apps, songs, and other file or data types stored on the phone that contain that letter. The gestures will make it easier to cut what can be a thousand-entry list down to a handful of choices or less.
The new feature currently supports only English and requires Android 2.0 in order to work. Donut has gestures support built into but the app isn’t compatible according to Google’s listing of the app. Droid, Milestone, and Nexus One owners can follow this link to get a QR code and download instructions.
You may recall that I listed gestures as one of the things I hoped Android would steal from webOS, and I’m happy to see it now. Let’s just hope the patent bug isn’t contagious.