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Google 'gesture control' coming to UK

Android users outside the US will get access

Google has made its new gesture search application compatible with smartphones based on Google Android version 1.6, and is also opening it to users outside the US, the company's said in a blog post.

Gesture Search lets users find contacts, installed applications, bookmarks or a music track by drawing letters of the alphabet on the touchscreen, according to Google.

The application was launched two weeks ago, but only available for devices running Android 2.0 or above in the US. It is now available in all countries where there is a Google Android market. However, it only recognises letters used in English, according to the blog post.

Gesture Search is an experimental Google Labs application, and is under development. The new version also includes some performance improvements and bug fixes, the blog post said without going into detail.

The technology is the latest example of how Google is developing how its search engine for use on mobile phones. The most notable example is search by voice. In January in the US, Google added search suggestions based on the phone's current or last location, with the goal of making the suggestions more relevant.


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