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SwiftKey Android beta brings 13 more Indian languages

9th October 2014

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.

SwiftKey's Diwali theme

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


37 responses to “SwiftKey Android beta brings 13 more Indian languages”

  1. bull500 says:

    This is so awesome! Wonderful job @SwiftKey team.
    Great Diwali gift from you guys! 😀

  2. Mike says:

    Cannot install on Nexus 5. Installer just keeps running after downloading to 100%. Closing and relaunching Google Play shows as installed, but it’s really not. Beta doesn’t show up in the keyboard picker.

  3. I am waiting for all these to come to the iPad version. Current version there is totally useless. 2 basic “themes”, not even hinglish language pack, no swift flow… 🙁

  4. Chelladurai Bose says:

    Thanks for adding Tamil

  5. Diego says:

    It’s working faster than the stable version! I didn’t like this new theme, I’m looking forward more “clean” themes.

  6. Mandeep Singh says:

    Thanks for including Panjabi / Punjabi in Gurmukhi script. Lots of love from Panjab

  7. Saquib Rajvi Ahmed says:

    Many Thanks for Assamese support. Appreciated you folks understood the difference between Assamese & Bengali.
    Just wondering : Would predictions woulod work with Assamese.
    When would be get a stable release.

  8. Sam says:

    Thanks for adding Tamil language to the most beautiful keyboard app for Android.

    But you guys have got the least used tamil layout on your keyboard which is also very difficult to use.

    “Tamil99” is the official layout for tamil input in the computing devices declared by Govt of Tamilnadu. Its the most intuitive and widely accepted among the tamil mobile users. Please refer to the tamil keyboard input layout in Mac/iOs devices for reference. Thanks.

  9. sreeramu says:

    Thanks for adding kannada and Tamil languages 🙁

  10. santktk says:

    Tamil 99 is most widely used keyboard layout in tamil; it is used in ios and htc devices; its only tamilnadu government accepted keyboard; it is sad u dont include it… useless

  11. Krish says:

    waiting for stable version with Malayalam. Thanku Swiftkey team……for the great efforts.

  12. Proud Indian says:

    1 thing kindly introduce hindi language where we can type HIndi on english keyboard but the outcome comes in hindi language… For example Google hindi keyboard……

  13. Guest says:

    Hello, first of all, thanks for Adding Tamil language.. Im so excited to join this forum and test it. But unfortunately, am unable to access the application in playstore (app is not listed)..My location is France, could you please let me know if the application is accessible or available in this location? If incase the beta app is removed from playstore, could you please share the apk link? Thanks in Advance.

  14. Bharath says:

    well, am totally excited! Great job #TEAM !! Big Thanks for adding TAMIL language, this was the only language i was looking for in this keyboard and i have already mentioned an improvement for this keyboard, if that is also fixed then am sure you gonna go long way !!! I will be more happy to correct this beta version.. Kudos !!

  15. Bharath says:

    I have joined the group and accepted that i will be testing it, but if incase we have any suggestion or bugs should we post it in VIP forum ?

  16. Linus Tan says:

    This is wonderful! That you are supporting more languages! But what about Mandarin Chinese? This is long overdue…

  17. Shan says:

    Good try but the layout for Tamil language is really sucks.. Pls update the layout to Tamil99 which is widely used.

  18. Nageswara Rao Mannem says:

    Thank you so much for including telugu. It is working great 🙂

  19. Gojko says:

    Guys add montenegrian language. Thanks

  20. Girish Shastry says:

    I tried to locate ಮ (m) in swiftkey Kannada keyboard, however even after spending 30 minutes, could not locate it. Is the letter is missing or is there any other way to type it?

  21. Sam says:

    Thanks for adding tamil. But it is hard to use. Got irritated a lot trying to type in tamil. Swype got a better version of tamil typing. Hope you can make it easier or release a tutorial for tamil typing which can help us.

    I love the english typing in swiftkey but because of tamil typing i am not able to use swiftkey more.

  22. poppypundit says:

    Totally dissapointed (Malayalam)
    1. There is no correlation between alphabetical order and the keyboard layout. Some letters that are in sequence are spread across three rows and five columns.
    2. Why on earth are there Malayalam numerals? Who uses those? Was this developed in consultation with a living fossil?
    3. There are many more letters than English, but why would I want every letter visible? 5 rows of microscopic keys spoils the purpose and compromises accuracy.
    4. Prediction is good. But I cannot train my mind to follow swift keys wild idea of a keyboard layout. Stick with alphabetical order and make keys bigger in size and fewer in number. Will consider!

  23. sena pathy says:

    Thanks for bringing in the Tamil keyboard.

    Please give us option to official Tamil99 layout. And the word ‘swift’ doesn’t work here… I use it more like a static keyboard with some predictions added to it.

    Further, the letters are not visible in my big 5.5″ screen. Please update them as well.

    Having said that. It’s very encouraging to have Tamil with Swiftkey. I moved out of using my ‘swiftkey’ just because of not having ‘Tamil support. Now I’m back using it again. Let me update my progress and see…

  24. Sushant says:

    Does anyone know how to write Kannada vatakshara(Like ವ vatakshara in ashwin) using swift key??

  25. KP says:

    Can anyone confirm if manufacturer allow Tamil language or is Tamil continued to be banned due to pressure from the Hindi government to restrict phones to only Hindi language?

    Can technical person confirm if manufacture has deleted Tamil langauge from official update or is Tamil language allowed by manufacturer?

  26. Farid shaikh says:

    Not true because I installe this Softwear in Asus zen5 Anroid mobile it’s not suported Gujarati language

  27. Satish Bhat says:

    Great! Does Indian language keyboard support phonetic keyboard entry? I find the keyboard layout very difficult to use!

  28. Kapil Goswami says:

    Dear sir I m not able to write or read gujarati fonts in moto G 1st gen as I have SwiftKey and also updated lollipop version.. Please give me any suggestion if you have…
    Waiting for positive response

  29. jc.saiju says:

    This Tamil layout is the most difficult one by far. It’s NOT user-friendly at all. Please change it to something like Tamil99

  30. Aniket Patil says:

    Does this provide hindi/marathi typing like Google Hindi input keyboard?
    english words to hindi/marathi words

  31. jc.saiju says:

    Tamil99 layout is available now! fantastic 🙂

  32. jaipal reddy says:

    dear admin how to write telugu vathhlu in this keyboard. i wanna help from you

  33. jaipal reddy says:

    kindly help to use telugu keyboard. reply me to my mail id id

  34. Shahriar Kabir Tashik says:

    Please add bengali phonetic layout. This is the most popular layout for bengali language.

  35. Tahir Akram says:

    I love this App. Can’t think typing without it. Enjoyed typing Urdu a lot on Android. Since my shift to iPhone, I am missing my language.

    Swiftkey Guys: Give my language Urdu on iPhone. Please

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