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Sign brings gesture-based calling and texting to HTC EVO


If using voice actions to make calls and send texts on the HTC EVO is a little too hands-off for you, then treat your fingers to as much touchscreen time as possible by checking out Sign ($1.99), a speed dial app that lets you create and assign single- and multi-stroke gestures to your contacts so you can call or text them directly from your homescreen. Rather than launch the phone or messaging app and start tapping the screen for your desired contact, you just tap the Sign widget (shown above) and draw the gesture.

Assigning, editing, and deleting gestures is very easy, which makes setup fast and fun. You can also choose the default dial mode so you don't have to bother with the call/buttons that appear when you use the widget, view contacts based on whether they have assigned gestures, and even set up a confirmation screen that briefly displays the contact's name and number to make sure you're not misdialing.

I've been using this app for a few days now and am still amazed by its accuracy. I assigned a happy face—four separate gestures—to one of my contacts (obviously not for time-saving reasons) and Sign "reads" it correctly every time, even when the drawings are varied.

Sign ($1.99):


Sign Lite (free, limited to 3 contacts):


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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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