Mar 16 AT 10:49 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Google Gesture Search now for Android 1.6

Google has a history of releasing new apps for Android 2.1 and then back porting them to earlier versions of the operating system. The Gesture Search that was launched earlier this month is now available on devices with Android 1.6 and users in all countries (where Android Market is available) can download it.

Don’t get too excited though. Gesture Search is only available by launching the special application and is not yet used in the native apps. I expect we will eventually see Google implement more gestures into their apps, but this is pretty much a beta program right now.

From Google: I’m happy to share with you that Gesture Search is now available on devices with Android 1.6 and higher. Additionally, it can be downloaded in all countries where Android Market is available, although it continues to only recognize the English alphabet. The new version also includes some improvements to performance and bug fixes. Please try it out and let me know what you think.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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  • http://Website Simon

    “Don’t get too excited though…”
    Actually, i am excited :) the way Google has been supporting Android 1.6 is great.
    First they did it with Google buzz, and now with google gesture.

    these backward compatibility is makes me feel like my HTC Dream still matters and has something in common with the Droid or Nexus one :)

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  • http://Website Andri

    My Hero doesn’t find this app in Android Market :(

    • http://Website Patrick O’Leary

      Unless you’re running a custom Donut ROM, you wouldn’t see this on a Hero. The Hero is an Android 1.5 phone.

  • http://Website Raven

    Works great on X10

  • http://Website Josh

    How do you use the QR codes? I have an app called scanlife, but it doesn’t take me to the app store.

    • Tony

      I just use the “Barcode Scanner” app, and it works like a dream.

  • Craigo

    Google, do you ever stop being awesome? No, no you don’t. Awesome app! Much faster to call someone now.

  • http://Website surfmadpig

    ” downloaded in all countries where Android Market is available”???

    I’m in Greece, android market is available here, but it’s not (nothing when searching the market, nothing w/ QR code).

    :( !

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  • ali_dadash

    hi my android m003 version1.6 not working. when i turn on this messege came:(sorry! the process android.process.acore has stopped unexpectedly.please try again.)

    can u help me how to reset my android? thanks

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