If you are a speaker of India’s many languages then you are in for a treat. After many of you requested more Indian languages, we are excited to let you know that our latest SwiftKey Keyboard for Android beta (5.1) brings 13 new Indian languages.
To download this new beta you will need to join the dedicated SwiftKey Beta for Android Google Group. Please click ‘Join’ then follow the instructions in this group to become a tester and to download the new SwiftKey Beta app from the Google Play Store. Make sure you check it out and make our Indian support even better.
The new languages are: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Nepali and Sinhala (Nepali and Sinhala are not strictly Indian languages but belong to the same Indo-Aryan language family). These languages follow Hindi and Hinglish which are already supported by SwiftKey.
To tie in with our new Indian languages we will also be releasing a very special Diwali theme to mark the upcoming festival – find it in the SwiftKey Store of the Google Play version of the app.
Diwali is known as the ‘festival of lights’ and is generally considered India’s biggest holiday with celebrations going on for several weeks. Traditionally an ancient Hindu festival, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness in all senses – over time it has become a national celebration in India, regardless of an individual’s personal faith or religion.
While this update should be of particular interest to our users who are speakers of Indian languages, our beta group is open to all and we welcome your feedback.
We have also changed the SSL certificate handling to increase robustness of the secure connections used for SwiftKey Cloud’s Backup & Sync services. Finally we have made the installer quicker by replacing the popup EULA with links at the bottom of the page. Rest assured, we continue internally to push forward with our biggest priority for users – enhancing the overall performance of SwiftKey Keyboard.
We are delighted to enter open beta with languages requested by our users in India, expanding our reach into one of the most exciting, innovative markets for tech right now after months of hard work. We have spent a long time refining and developing our new set of languages for this market so that we could ensure the best possible typing experience for our users.
We look forward to hearing all of your feedback,
Sarah and the team