Google Adds Flip Feature to Turn on Gesture Search

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Google has released an updated version of its Gesture Search application, which allows users to turn the application on by flipping the phone to the side and then back, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Gesture Search allows users to find a contact, a bookmark, an application or a music track, all in one place, according to Google. To do a search, the user writes a character or a number directly on the phone's touchscreen.

To be able to use the double flip gesture it first has to be turned on. Users can choose between three sensitivity settings: hard to trigger, normal and easy to trigger. When the feature is turned on Google informs that it "adds a small amount of battery consumption." A quick test on a Samsung Galaxy S shows that the feature works as promised.

Google Labs has also fixed some bugs and improved usability, but Gesture Search is still in the early stages of development, according to the blog post.

The Gesture Search application is available for download for free from Android Market, and it works on smartphones based on Android version 1.6 or later.

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