We’re pleased to bring you a new SwiftKey Keyboard for Android beta which includes Chinese language support for the first time. Chinese is one of the most requested languages we’ve ever had so we’re delighted that it’s ready for you to test!
To cater to users of Simplified Chinese, Taiwan Traditional Chinese and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese, we’re introducing seven new input methods in SwiftKey Chinese to give you a choice no matter how you prefer to type – and we’re excited to be able to deliver this comprehensive coverage all in one go. The beta includes:
- QWERTY Pinyin input method
- 12-Key Pinyin input method
- Stroke input method
Taiwan Traditional Chinese
- Full Key Zhuyin (Bopomofo) input method
- 12-Key Zhuyin (Bopomofo) input method
- Stroke input method
Hong Kong Traditional Chinese
- Cangjie input method
- Quick Cangjie input method
- Stroke input method
You’ll also benefit from SwiftKey’s ability to learn from you; it will add any unique or unknown words to your personal language model. Plus, you can kickstart SwiftKey’s learning by personalizing from social media accounts such as Gmail.
We’ve also enhanced SwiftKey’s learning abilities just for our Chinese users. For example, as some Pinyin sequences can represent multiple Chinese characters, SwiftKey will learn each person’s language to predict the word that’s most suited to you. You can also write entire sentences in Pinyin and the app will still understand – even if you add a word the app hasn’t seen before – resulting in a truly personalized experience. For instance, using my own name (Zhengyu Chen) as an example, if I type “我叫陈峥宇” as a complete sentence, SwiftKey will smartly detect and learn “陈峥宇“ as a new word. Next time, if I type “chenzhengyu” or “czy” it will predict “陈峥宇”.
You’ll also enjoy quicker and more accurate typing as a result of SwiftKey’s Heatmap Correction and contextual understanding. We understand that when you’re typing in Pinyin and it’s converted into Chinese script, any mistakes in the Pinyin will lead to annoying errors in the email or SMS you’re writing. To fix this, SwiftKey continually learns how you interact with the keyboard and adjusts – so it doesn’t matter if you’re a sloppy typist who doesn’t hit each key precisely. Plus, we’ve optimized this feature specifically for Chinese users. Lastly, SwiftKey understands the context of what you’re writing, enabling it to accurately predict and autocorrect even when you write a full sentence in one go and the word boundaries are ambiguous.
SwiftKey’s Chinese language support is in beta, meaning we’re still working on making it better and we’d love your help in doing so. Please download the beta and share your feedback in our SwiftKey VIP forum – it’s quick, free and easy to sign up.
Don’t forget – SwiftKey Keyboard version 5.1, which features our new languages for India, is also still in beta and can be found here.
Zhengyu Chen, Senior Product Manager & Baoqing Hu, Community Support Analyst
- QWERTY Pinyin input method for Simplified Chinese
- 12-Key Pinyin input method for Simplified Chinese
- Full Key Zhuyin input method for Taiwan Traditional Chinese
- 12-Key Zhuyin input method for Taiwan Traditional Chinese
- Cangjie input method for Hong Kong Traditional Chinese
- Quick Cangjie input method for Hong Kong Traditional Chinese
- Stroke input method for all three Chinese variants
- Enter the first few, or even just the first Pinyin and Zhuyin, Stroke and Cangjie symbols to get the correct Chinese character
- Support for separators between characters in Pinyin and Stroke
- Sentence input support
- Heatmap correction support for QWERTY Pinyin, Full Key Zhuyin, Cangjie and Quick Cangjie input methods
- Ability to learn new words across all input methods and layouts
- Learning and adapting the order of predictions across all input methods and layouts
- In-sentence detection and learning of new word following sentence input
- Next word prediction based on context
- Personalization of Chinese texts from the sources that SwiftKey typically supports such as Gmail
- Some issues in Zhuyin 12-key layout regarding the left-side Zhuyin selection menu
- 12-Key Pinyin responsiveness not fully optimized
- Loading time not fully optimized
Not currently supported:
- Removing an unwanted prediction is currently not supported in Chinese
- Multilingual currently not supported, however the most common English words are available within the Chinese language model
- Predictive emoji is not currently supported in Chinese
- Fuzzy Pinyin is currently not supported
- Pinyin candidate “continuous selection” in 12-Key Pinyin layout is not currently supported
- Handwriting recognition input method is currently not supported
- SwiftKey Flow is not currently supported in Chinese
- Full multilingual between Pinyin and QWERTY based input is not supported