Google has just launched a new application that makes searching for contacts, bookmarks,programs, or other items including music tracks on an Android phone a heck of a lot easier — assuming you’re running Android 2.0 or 2.1.

The new app is called Gesture Search, and it’s available as a free download from the Android Market. The utility lets you search your device by drawing letters on the screen with your finger. It doesn’t matter whether you use uppercase or lowercase letters. And it actually doesn’t matter how bad your handwriting is.

Basically, if you write a “B” on the screen, Gesture Search will pull up all of your contacts, programs, and other items with a B in the name. Add “O” and another “B” and you should be able to see your friend Bob’s contact information. Tap it to bring up the phone app and give him a call.

But if it your second “B” looks more like a “P” and you have a game or song called “Bop” on your phone, Gesture Search will probably show that in the search results too.

Once installed, Gesture Search will index your contacts and other information, which can take a few minutes depending on how much data you have on your phone. When it’s done, you can add a shortcut to your home screen or fire up Gesture Search from the program menu.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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