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Hanzi Recognizer

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Handwritten character recognition and dictionary for simplified and traditional Chinese.

* New: Version 2.0 with redesigned UI and full support for tablets

* New: Text to speech support. Just install the eSpeak TTS engine and get audio pronunciation for hanzi (free) or compounds (premium only).

Premium features available: search by reading/meaning, compound search, favorites and history. You can upgrade form within the application (Settings->Upgrade to premium), no need to download a separate application.

Premium upgrade price: around $3.99 (varies slightly by location/exchange rate. Press the 'Upgrade' button to display the Android Market dialog with the current price).

Just draw a character, tap 'Recognize' and select a candidate to display character reading, meaning, radical and hear audio pronunciation . Search by reading or meaning, as well as compound search also available (premium only). Characters/compounds you view are automatically saved to history and can be marked as favorite (premium only).

Follow proper, or at least basic (left to right, top to bottom, horizontal before vertical, etc.), stroke order for best results.


* Full tablet support (v2.0)
* Audio pronunciation for hanzi and compounds (uses the eSpeak text-to-speech engine)
* Search on stroke -- recognition candidates are displayed automatically as you draw
* Adjustable candidates font size
* Adjustable drawing pen size and color
* Shake to delete stroke/clear all
* Favorites and history (premium only)
* Favorites Excel (CSV) and Anki export (premium only)
* Search by reading and meaning (premium only)
* Compound search (premium only)
* Supports both traditional and simplified Chinese
* Works offline (Internet connections is only required to download resources on first run).
* Integrated character database with more than 70,000 entries
* Stroke annotation
* Undo (removes last stroke)
* Pinyin and Jyutping readings
* Radical display
* Character decomposition into components
* Display character component details
* Copy and append to clipboard

Not a handwriting input method (IME).

Ad-supported (ads are not displayed if you upgrade to premium).

Version 2.0 requires Android 2.1 and later. Earlier Android versions can use version 1.7.2.

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Hanzi Recognizer was developed for Android by Nikolay Elenkov

Package name : org.nick.hanzirecognizer

System permissions : 5 Click here to show/hide list
  • android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
  • android.permission.INTERNET
  • android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
  • android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

I am the developer of this Application !

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by A Google User the 7/21/2013

Very good app Only a few bugs need to be sorted out

by A Google User the 7/6/2013

Good. Except speech The character recognition is pretty good, except for the annoying fact that it expects correct stroke order, often a problem for beginners like me. But the spoken Chinese is just wrong almost always - weird.

by A Google User the 4/4/2013

Google has better tools. This is okay, but requires strokes to be in the right order This app charges for what you can get from google for free. Download google translator with google's Chinese input tool (forget what it's called) and you'll have a much better experience. Old review: I downloaded this because its easier than using a computer for characters don't know and easier than lugging around the dictionary. Unfortunately my hanzi isn't so great, so when I do the wrong stroke order i get pretty frustrated. Besides that its great.

by A Google User the 4/1/2013

Really helps when you dunno how to pronounce the word I am grateful to the creator who provides the hanyu pingyin, verbal pronounciation plus explanation of the Chinese character in English. Great app! Thx a zillion.

by A Google User the 10/30/2012

Slow Good that it has decomposition, but too slow and flaky recognition

by A Google User the 6/26/2012

Samsung Galaxy Ace Does not work. Freezes and does not work... Unless you pay, maybe. UNINSTALL

by A Google User the 6/11/2012

Well done! I am learning chinese and this app help me a lot!

by A Google User the 4/7/2012

great!,but... google done it better

by A Google User the 4/6/2012

Not bad This nice but still got some word are missing....

by A Google User the 3/22/2012

Exactly what a student needs

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Hanzi Recognizer for Android was rated by Android Market Users on : 4.1/5


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