Google brings Handwriting Input to Android


— 10:51 AM on April 16, 2015

Google has released a new keyboard for Android devices that's not really a keyboard at all. The Handwriting Input app instead translates the scrawl from a finger or stylus into text—or emoji. 

The company says the new app supports printed and cursive writing in 82 languages. Those who lament the quality of their handwriting aren't necessarily left out of the party, either. Google encourages people who produce chicken scratch to "try it out and see if it can convince you otherwise."

Handwriting Input works on Android phones and tablets running version 4.0.3 or later. It's available from the Google Play Store today.

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