From today SwiftKey supports 15 languages for the Indian sub-continent – a great milestone for users across the region! But what some of you may not know is that one of SwiftKey’s key features is its ability to allow multiple languages to be used simultaneously.
This ‘multilingual typing’ has been a big hit with our bi- and tri-lingual friends around the world, and the Indian sub-continent is no exception. So, during our beta testing of today’s language release, we caught up with three Indian SwiftKey users to see how multilingual typing was helping them to type in a faster and less frustrating way.
“I come from a Bengali community and every day I have to communicate with people who are Bengali or Indian, as well as those who are neither,” said Ranadeep Bswas, from Chennai in India. “That’s why I use Bengali and Hindi as well as English – I can’t restrict my keyboard to one or even two languages. I really like the way SwiftKey learns from the non-English words that I have used and has helped me build my very own hybrid language from scratch. It’s incredibly satisfying to see.”
For Bharath Kumar, who also hails from Chennai, SwiftKey’s multilingual feature allows him to stay in touch with a wide and diverse group of friends. He said: “I usually use three languages, English, French and Tamil. Being from Chennai I have a lot of friends who I speak in Tamil to, though I also communicate in English. I am currently working in Paris so I also use French which I’m less good at – but French people appreciate when you use proper accents in text and it helps me to do that!”
SwiftKey user Tejas M. has been typing in English, Hinglish and Marathi-English for three years, and is astonished at how the keyboard has learned from him. “It knows from the very first word which language I want to use,” he said. “It is pretty impressive that even having three languages at a time it doesn’t mix up the predictions. It also happens that I sometimes mix some English words with Hinglish words, and SwiftKey handles it very well.”
We’re really pleased to have hit support for 15 languages in our latest SwiftKey update as well as a raft of performance improvements. But the work doesn’t stop there. Stay tuned as we continue to improve SwiftKey for our users in India and please do give us feedback in our VIP community on what you think of our product so far – we’re always listening.
Sarah and the Comms Team