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Kanji Recognizer

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Handwritten Japanese kanji recognition and writing quiz. Integrates with WWWJDIC.

New: Training mode for quiz. Use stroke guidelines and stroke order hints to practice writing kanji correctly. Does not advance to next character until you get it right.

Kanji writing quiz. Test yourself based on school year or JLPT level. Check your answers against the proper stroke order using animated diagrams.

Premium features: history/favorites, export/import, search by reading/meaning, Simeji/OpenWnn/ATOK integration, local stroke order database. You can upgrade form within the application (Settings->Upgrade to premium), no need to download a new application.

Premium upgrade price: around $4.99 (varies slightly by location/exchange rate. Press the 'Upgrade' button to display the Play Store dialog with the exact local price).

Just draw a character, tap 'Recognize' and select a candidate to display reading, meaning, radical and more. Copy or share characters to clipboard or other apps. History/favorites and search by reading or meaning also available (premium only). Call from within Simeji, OpenWnn/Flick/ATOK/OpenWnn Plus to input characters using handwriting (premium only, Simeji/OpenWnn/Atok Japanese IME install required).

Test your kanji writing skills by school year or JLPT level: write kanji based on reading and/or meaning hints. Check your score, and compare your writing with the proper stroke order using animated stroke order diagrams. Free version offers JLPT N5 and elementary school grade 1 and 2 kanji. Premium versions lets you select all grades/JLPT levels.

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


* if recognition is slow on your device, try using the compressed model. Open Settings (press the Menu key, or the overflow menu on ICS to display), press 'Recognition model' and select 'JP. comb. compressed'. This should improve startup time and recognition speed.
* you can also increase the search timeout to make sure recognition starts after you finish drawing. Tap 'Auto-search after' in Settings and increase the timeout (default is 400 ms)
* if it is still slow, uncheck the 'Search on stroke' option in Settings. Candidates won't be displayed automatically, but on a separate screen.
* draw larger characters for better recognition

  * Tablet support
  * Animated stroke order diagrams (online for free version, offline for premium)
  * Kanji writing quiz. Bell/buzzer sounds marks answer
  * Training mode
  * Automatically searches on each stroke for immediate feedback
  * Configurable drawing pen size and color
  * Shake to delete stroke/all strokes
  * Favorites and history (premium)
  * Favorites Excel (CSV) and Anki export (premium)
  * Simeji, OpenWnn/Flick, ATOK, OpenWnn Plus integration (mushroom) (premium)
  * Search by reading and meaning (premium)
  * Compressed model for older/slower devices
  * Works offline (Internet connections only required for initial download).
  * Stroke annotation
  * Undo (removes last stroke)
  * Integrated kanji database with more than 13,000 entries
  * Kanji decomposition into components
  * Integration with WWWJDIC for Android (can be used as the handwriting recognition backend)
  * Copy/append recognized kanji to clipboard or share to other programs.

Not a handwriting input method (IME).

Ad-supported (ads are removed 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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Kanji Recognizer was developed for Android by Nikolay Elenkov

Package name : org.nick.kanjirecognizer

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  • android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
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  • android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
  • android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

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by A Google User the 6/13/2013

Won't recognize anything This app won't even recognize juu, a kanji with only two strokes in the shape of a plus sign. Terrible.

by A Google User the 6/5/2013

Quiz is only okay. Strangely enough it's the simplest characters that don't get recognized. It's really a problem when I can't get hito accepted.

by A Google User the 5/29/2013

Best to learn

by A Google User the 5/14/2013

Needs one more feature Will only recognize kanji if input in correct stroke order. Honestly, if someone knows correct stroke order, they wouldnt need this app. I need help looking up kanji that i know what they look like but DONT know order OR definition. Otherwise the app is pretty useless.

by A Google User the 5/6/2013

Excellent! Very useful and convinient app.

by A Google User the 4/29/2013

Best! Not a word more

by A Google User the 4/27/2013

Generally very accurate. Great for quick lookup. Could benefit from example phrases, compounds, and inclusion of antiquated forms.

by A Google User the 4/14/2013

Pretty good Probably one of the best apps for what it does out there. I can't really describe why I only give it 4 stars. I just feel that it could use some polish. The recognition is -just- finnicky enough to be irritating at times. An SRS-like algorithm would be a huge boost and would be a feature I would pay double for. Overall, I don't think there's a single other app out there that does exactly what this one does. It's worth the minor flaws for everything it does right. Oh, and please don't take someone's suggestion to accept a wrong stroke order as a correct answer.... that would be a travesty! lol

by A Google User the 3/29/2013

Database error Can't open some kanjis. Because error when searching in database

by A Google User the 3/15/2013

Absolutely brilliant This truly makes looking up kanji so easy. Where was this years ago when I needed it?

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