Google has changed the way we think about web search. It has constantly innovated with search, and with Android, it found a new platform for its services and products. However, Android provides a touch interface, and search on Android was following the desktop way until now. The good news is Google is about to change that.
Google has patented a search gesture on Android that follows the letter+lasso style. Therefore, if you want to Google text content anywhere, you simply have to draw a lowercase ‘g’ and draw a lasso around the content. As soon as you lift your finger, the search will be performed automatically. Likewise, you can also search on Yahoo or Wikipedia with a ‘s’ followed by the lasso. In this case, a pop-up will ask you for a choice between Yahoo and Wikipedia. The gestures are explained better in the image shown below.
According to Patently Apple, this patent will solve a practical problem that touchscreen device users face frequently.
Touch-sensitive devices present problems with respect to the detection of user input that are not present with more classical devices as described above. For example, if a user seeks to select text via a touch-sensitive device, it may be difficult for the user to pinpoint the desired text because the user’s finger (or stylus) is larger than the desired text presented on the display.
This is a welcome change. Google is known for search, and searching on Android has been sloppy until now, with the use of selection markers to mark text, and then copy pasting them to search. This patent will let Google bring its remarkable search engine into all content on an Android phone, with lesser number of steps between identifying a searchable content, and getting search results.