Google Gesture Search is a nifty Android tool that lets you search your phone by drawing letters and numbers on the screen. If you’re not a huge fan of on-screen keyboards, Gesture Search can be a huge time-saver. It searches through your contacts, programs, and other content.

The problem is that up until now you needed to actively load the Gesture Search application every time you wanted to use it, which could take a few extra clicks depending on what you were previously doing with your phone. Now Google has rolled out a new version that you can launch any time with the flick of a wrist.

Gesture Search 1.2 lets you flip your phone away and then back again to open the search window. If you find yourself accidentally launching Gesture Search when you’re holding the phone you can adjust the sensitivity. You can also disable the flip feature if you don’t want to use it.

You can check out a demo video after the break.

Brad Linder

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