Use handwriting to input text on Android with MyScript Stylus

Ready to try out yet another new keyboard on Android? This one supports 54 languages, and all you need is your fingertip or a stylus to write messages and have them converted to text in real-time.

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When MyScript Calculator by Vision Objects landed on the Google Play store, the handwriting recognition was said to be top-notch. Taking their technology a step further, the company released MyScript Notes Mobile, which lets you handwrite words directly onto the screen and have them converted to text.

Their most recent app takes the same handwriting functionality of the Notes Mobile app and lets you use it system-wide on your Android device, replacing the keyboard. You don't have to use a stylus to do the writing, though it might be a bit faster and more precise. Ready to try it on your device? Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Install a copy of the MyScript Stylus Beta from the Google Play Store.

Right now, the app is free. However, it is in beta, and could either remain free or go the same direction as the MyScript Notes Mobile app ($7.94) by adding a price tag. In other words, try it while it has the best price.

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Step 2: After the install, tap on the MyScript Stylus icon in your app drawer to go through the enabling process. You'll be prompted to download the language packs of your choosing, and then be given a quick link to your Settings area to enable the keyboard.

The MyScript Stylus keyboard in action. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Watch the gesture video. I could list all of the gesture shortcuts this keyboard offers to keep your writing quick and easy, but it's probably a better idea if you watch its 90-second video demonstrating some of them.

MyScript Stylus supports 54 languages (you can see the list here) and is a great alternative to traditional keyboards when one-handed input is needed. Try it out and leave your thoughts in the comments.

(Via AndroidPolice)