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SwiftKey brings innovative Transliteration feature to Hindi and Gujarati speakers

28th November 2016

We have some welcome news for our Hindi and Gujarati-speaking users – today we’re launching the much-requested Transliteration feature, making it easier than ever to type in both Hindi and Gujarati languages.

Guj-1phone-1-1For the first time users will be able to type in these languages by spelling them out phonetically on the standard QWERTY keyboard, and therefore avoid having to change between language scripts.

The new feature will provide real flexibility to users who will be able to type in English letters or their native script quickly without having to change modes. You can choose what suits you best and type in English letters, the native script, or a combination of the two. SwiftKey will automatically detect the language and script you are typing in to show predictions in the corresponding English or native language script, e.g. When “namaste“ is typed it will show as both “namaste” and “नमस्ते” on the prediction bar.

Aarti Samani, India Product Manager, said:

“SwiftKey’s aim is to always make typing easier, particularly if you speak more than one language and want to switch seamlessly between them without changing any of your settings. We’re proud to be introducing the feature in Hindi, one of the world’s most spoken languages, and Gujarati, which had previously not been possible to write in a Latin script. Hindi-1phone-1-1

Transliteration will be automatically enabled for users who already have Hindi or Gujarati language models installed on their phones. This will mean that:

  • When you are in the QWERTY layout, you will see Hindi words in both English letters and native script
  • When in the native script layout you will only see predictions in the language of that script

For more information on how it works, you can read the article here. If you have any feedback we’d love to hear it – we’re working hard to keep improving our product for all of our Indian users and to strengthen our position as the go-to keyboard app, so keep giving us feedback in our VIP community on the product and on what you think of this latest feature.


The SwiftKey Team