Say it with ink, courtesy of new Google Handwriting Input app

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Derek Walter

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Google’s new keyboard is all about handwriting. The Google Handwriting Input keyboard translates your scribbling to text in 82 different languages. You can set it as your default keyboard or one of your choices on any Android phone or tablet.

Google says it supports both print and cursive writing. It will even suggest emojis for you if you draw out a smiley face.

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You can even draw out faces to get an emoji suggestion with Google’s new handwriting tool.

If you have the Google Keyboard installed, you can switch back and forth between the two by touching the globe icon next to the space bar. Otherwise you’ll have to hold down the spacebar and select it from among your other installed keyboards. 

The app is available in the Play Store for devices running Android 4.0.3 or above.

The impact on you: This probably won’t replace touch-typing for many, but it’s nice to have the option in case you want to experiment. If you have a Galaxy Note 4 it could be a nice addition to go with your S Pen.

It also could be great for kids, who may just be learning the ropes about where keys are located on a device. Expect to see it as one of the options in Google’s new family-friendly section in the Play Store.

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