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Android phones in line for new gesture features

Android phones in line for new gesture features

Google has outlined plans to increase the number of gesture-based features in future Android updates, with Flipping for Gesture Search the latest suggestion to arrive from the firm.

It is already possible to scrawl letters onscreen and have the Android smartphone automatically search for relevant files and contacts, but the biggest issue has been that loading up the search interface was neither intuitive or quick.

Google is looking to remedy this issue by implementing a flipping format for activation of Gesture Search.

"By doing a 'double flip' motion gesture, or flipping your phone away and then back, you can start Gesture Search at any time. This eliminates the need to activate Gesture Search from a home screen shortcut," said Google via its blog.

Although version 1.2 of Gesture Search is still in development, a beta version is available from the Android Market for anyone with Android 1.6 and up. There is even a video online showcasing the current release, which Google admits is still a little buggy.

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