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Kanji draw

A simple drawn kanji character recognition application
New in version 2.0
* Updated KanjiVG database to version 20160426
* New Brazilian Portuguese and German translations
* Improved compatibility with Android 8.0 and later
* Disabled data collection anti-feature by default, it can still be enabled by users on demand
A simple application that lets you draw Japanese characters (kanji) using the
touch screen. It is intended for Japanese language learners who might need to
enter characters in order to look them up in a dictionary or enter them on a

It identifies the character you have drawn using a special form of handwriting
recognition. You can select the correct character from a list. After entering
one or more characters, you can copy them into the clipboard as text for use in
a dictionary.

Note that this will NOT work - at all - if you don't know basically how to draw
kanji. If you just draw something any old way that looks like it, it certainly
won't be recognised. You have to draw characters basically the official way.

This is a fork of the Kanji draw application from
which is no longer maintained and was removed from F-Droid.

The original application had data collection features enabled by default.
They have been disabled in this version, but can still be enabled from the
settings. It is not guaranteed that the collection service will still work,
as it is not under the control of the fork's author.

Two of the included icons were taken from the Android SDK and are licensed
under the Apache License 2.0. The kanji stroke data is based on the KanjiVG data
set from and licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.


Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 2.0 (3) suggested Added on 2020-08-10

    This version requires Android 4.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

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