Mar 03 AT 9:05 PM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Google Gesture Search out for Android 2.x

Google finally released their gesture search application that we first saw demonstrated during last year’s Google I/O by Romain Guy. It was billed as a tech demo, but now everyone (with Android 2.x) can search their phone using gesture based controls. I believe the gesture APIs were added in Android 1.6, so I’m not sure why Android 2.0 is required.

More details to follow, but I wanted to let everyone know the app was out so they could check it out.

From Google:

Do you find it hard to find a contact or locate an application from a list of hundreds of items on an Android phone? Or do you find it stressful to search for an item by typing in its title while on the go?

Gesture Search from Google Labs lets you search your Android-powered device by drawing alphabet gestures on the touch screen. It allows you to quickly find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or a music track from hundreds or thousands of items, all in one place. It is fast and fun to use.

Gesture Search currently supports English and requires Android 2.0 or above.

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Source: Google Labs

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  • MattDemers

    Scanned the QR code by sadly got nothing.

  • DistortedLoop

    Is this why Apple sued HTC, which is really suing Google by proxy? Apple can’t keep up with some of the features hitting the Android market from Google now…?

    @MAttDemers – the QR worked for me. You could just search in the market for “gesture search” manually.

  • MattDemers


    Sadly got nothing with that, too. I guess it’s a Canada thing?

    • DistortedLoop

      Hmmm…might be a Canada thing.

      That sucks.


  • http://Website joehom

    I cannot get this app too, even through I search by manually……

  • http://Website Kevin

    remeber 2.0 and above only

    • MattDemers

      I have 2.0.1 on my milestone. Got nothing.

  • http://Website Guy

    I searched the market for Google, clicked on an app and then clicked on more apps from this developer to find it. I must say that this is way cool and very accurate.

  • cl2eep

    QR search via Bar Code Scanner worked perfectly on my Nexus. Love the app!

  • http://Website Raedur

    I had to change my market using marketenabler to a us carrier for it to show up, didn’t show up using default in Aussie on Optus

  • Ruben

    Working great on N1

  • http://Website Caldara


    O link nao foi encontrado.

    Milestone 2.0

  • http://Website Marcus

    Tried to download in Singapore
    The more Google does this the more people get pissed off. Until today no paid apps in most countries and now we cant even get free apps by Google.
    What are we? Third class Android users who just got conned?

    When we ask Google Singapore about this, all we get is a canned answer that they “are looking into this”

    We had to learn with the N1 3G issue that the Google support really sucks.
    Guess they not only suck in that regard but all across the board.
    Its just very disappointing that after 2 years with Android I still cannot purchase anything on the market in Singapore and now I can’t even get the latest stuff they bring out…

  • http://NiceApp! Daddy

    Works great on my droid. QR code worked fine.

  • http://Website Herr Lipp

    QR code doesn’t find anything on Market with my Nexus One here in Brazil, nor does a manual search for Gesture Search. I guess I’ll have to wait until I get back to the UK.

  • http://Website riper

    not working in sweden either :( comon google! this ira even free, should work anywhere. for u whom it works, where u from?

  • http://Website dag

    Cant’t be found in Sweden either. I agree this is ridiculus targeting general Apps to specific markets only.


  • http://Website Maverick

    QR code worked great on my droid via barcode scanner. downloading now, looks promising!

  • NookSurfer

    I’m surprised they haven’t integrated this into their OS and it’s taken them so long to just have this out as an app.

    • Clark Wimberly

      I really think they released it as an app to collect the gesture information before integrating it with the OS. when you first launch the app it asks if you’d like to send anonymous gesture data to Google. I think that’s all this is: a proof on concept that’s really meant to mine gestures from the masses.

  • http://Website Dilbert

    Works good on my N1! Thanks G.

    For those not finding it in the market, I’m in the States…

  • ColinScatt

    Downloaded fine in the US, but frankly, its just not THAT useful.

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