Microsoft-owned popular Android keyboard SwiftKey has added the transliteration feature which will allow users to type in Hindi and Gujarati on the same standard QWERTY keyboard and there is no need to switch between keyboards. The added flexibility feature will help users to switch between English, Hindi and Gujarati without the need to change modes. The latest update of the app allow people to type in any language and it automatically detects it and then suggests predictions in the other language.
Interestingly, the new feature will be enabled for users who use Hindi and Gujarati languages already on their smartphones, automatically. The users will normally see Hindi words in English script but the Hindi script will be present in the prediction suggestion option. Microsoft had bought SwiftKey in order to combine it along with wordflow tech in Windows. That time around, SwitKey had more than 30 crores active Android users. From neural networks to emojis, SwiftKey has it all, especially when it comes to its experiments with machine learning. The Artificial Intelligence incorporated in the app helps with one of the quickest predictions with accuracy than ever, which makes the addition of native languages even more interesting.
Aarti Samani, SwiftKey India Product Manager, in a statement, 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.” SwiftKey’s direct competition is with Google’s Hindi keyboard, also known as Indic keyboard, which already has 10 languages added to it.