When you were in school, you were told you need to learn how to do math the hard way because "you won't always have a calculator on you". Well, while we now know that your math teacher was about as good at forward-thinking as the dude who said no one would ever need more than 640k of RAM, there has still always been the problem of more complex expressions, including using constants, fractions, exponents and whatnot. Well, while this app won't replace your education on how those concepts work, MyScript Calculator lets you draw your problems rather than type them, making it much easier to get answers to less-than-straightforward expressions.

The handwriting recognition is superb, especially given that, unless you have a Note, you're probably drawing these on a tiny screen with the tip of your finger. The one problem I did find it consistently has is that it keeps trying to interpret my typical 4, which I write the way it's displayed on a computer, with a closed top, as either 1- or a + sign. This is frustrating, though using an open-top 4 seems to alleviate this problem.

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The app is pretty fantastic and should be a godsend for folks who need more than a standard calculator can give them. As Artem said when he first discovered this app: "I love the future."

Currently, MyScript supports mathematical symbols +, -, ×, /, √, Pi, parentheses, and exponentiation. You can also cross out stuff you've already written to erase it. I'm hoping support for more complex expressions as well as solving equations will be coming in the future (maybe as a Pro version).

Grab it from the Play Store now and then forward it along to your high school math teacher.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Adal

    Equations no, expressions yes...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, fixed the wording.

  • Ryan

    Aw it doesn't support integrals

    • denbo68

      I think it needs to support trig, log and other tracendentals before hitting integrals. It supports pi but it doesn't understand e nor i

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I think we need to give them a bit of time to release a PRO version or an update with support for more stuff. The more support they get from us now in the meantime, the higher the chances of that.

      • lhommealenvers

        Computers don't tell apart "he" and "I" but it will come soon.

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  • https://plus.google.com/116879163037230501137/posts Cullen Maglothin

    This is why computers are awesome! More of this.

  • Daniel

    Very cool

  • Mastermind26

    I love this! This should be the standard calculator for Android!

  • Kristopher Linville

    Where's the algebra? I want to see it solve quadratic equations :-)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm guessing they'll tease us for a bit and release a PRO version with more functionality. Which I will gladly buy.

  • Daniel Orchard

    Has anyone see the Windows 8 preview? There is a component built in like this, although I am less sure about it solving the problems and more solid on the fact that it converts the hand writing to a font that cant be pasted into documents. I would love to re-install win8 again to look but I cant be bothered :P

  • ericl5112

    I'd love some higher order stuff (integrals, derivatives, matrices, that kind of thing) but this still looks awesome for now. Hoping for a pro version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emil-Johansson/1428147693 Emil Johansson

    Awesome app

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emil-Johansson/1428147693 Emil Johansson

    Awesome app

  • http://www.facebook.com/clemence.pro Clemence VO

    Hey guys,
    I’m writing on behalf of Vision Objects, the company which released MyScript Calculator. Thank you all for your comments! This Android app is a real success: we are receiving more and more positive feedback! So for those who are waiting for a pro version: be patient! We are currently working on an advanced version of MyScript Calculator, which will of course, integrate many more equations and math operations! Keep in touch!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Fantastic. Appreciate if you could keep us posted (tips at androidpolice something something com).

      • http://www.facebook.com/clemence.pro Clemence VO

        Hi Artem, thanks for your comment! All our official announcements are made via our Facebook page and Twitter account. See you there!

    • david hernandez

      your app is amazing, i really hope a pro version since this can be helpful in the university it needs integrals and limits in the pro version :D congratulation for the most amazing app ever

      • http://www.facebook.com/clemence.pro Clemence VO

        Hi David! Thank you very much for your feedback!! The advanced version is coming soon!! We are working hard on it :) Make sure you follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter to be informed on its release!

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  • jason

    Why does it require internet permission?

    • http://www.facebook.com/clemence.pro Clemence VO

      Hi Jason, we mention in the product description that "we are asking permission to access Internet connection; this is to provide users the possibility to watch the video tutorial."

  • Thomas Wright

    One point, the possibility of no having access to a calculator is a bad reason for learning mathematics. A better reason is to gain an intimate understanding of the greatest product (or discovery some may say) of concerted thought and reason; anyone who asks for a practical justification of a beautiful formula is missing the point as much as someone asking the purpose of art or poetry.

  • maria

    love it it teach me so more reinforce to my brain