The number of apps of for Google’s Android Market is growing all the time, but one of the platform’s characteristics remains that the best apps are still those made by Google.
The Sky Map, for instance, identifies all the stars in a remarkably impressive way, while even the Gmail app is very neat.
Voice Search, too, is much demonstrated and very impressive. It’s also getting better, with the forthcoming increase in the number of commands available to UK users – “Listen to…” will soon allow immediate access to your chosen artist if you’ve got a music service loaded on.
But Gesture Search (free) is possibly the least known and among the most useful – it makes using the phone simpler and easier, while also improving efficiency massively.
In short, all it does is to turn the whole phone screen into a primitive keyboard – so fire up gesture search and type a “w”, using one finger, and all the phone numbers beginning with that letter will be shown immediately.
Press the result you want and it goes straight to the contact information. A shortcut on the home screen speeds up the process from the start too.
So Gesture Search may not have the sex appeal of some of the iPhone’s apps – but it’s a fine example of how much more useful a creative approach to the touchscreen interface can make any smartphone.