SwiftKey, the popular keyboard app for Android devices,has added support for Hindi and Hinglish to its language options. The company claims that the keyboard uses artificially intelligent language models and that each ‘language model’ is more than a dictionary-like list of words. It says that SwiftKey’s models focus on adapting to the way words work together and are built by analyzing large amounts of language data drawn from across the internet.
The company mentions that Hindi and Hinglish (a mixture of Hindi and English, with Hindi transliterated into Latin script) models were produced by analyzing and filtering content from sources such as the .in web domain in India. SwiftKey claims that it uses advanced Natural Language Processing techniques, to understand the context of what a user is writing. The new version is still not live in the Google Play Store, at the time of writing this post. We’ll update this post with our take on the app after giving it a try.
In addition to the language models, the app claims to continually learn a user’s individual writing style as they type and users can further personalise SwiftKey by syncing it with their Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blogs.
Along with Hindi and Hinglish, SwiftKey supports for 54 different languages, including Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog. It also allows multi-lingual users to enable up to three languages simultaneously.
KeyPoint Technologies also offers an alternative text input app called ‘Adaptxt‘ which offers keyboards for 68 languages including 13 Indic languages like Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu among others and transliterated Indian languages including Hinglish (Hindi + English), Kanglish (Kannada + English), Tenglish (Telugu + English), Tanglish (Tamil + English), Manglish (Malayalam + English), Odinglish (Oriya + English) and Marathinglish (Marathi + English). The app came out of public beta recently and offers keyboards for Android phones, Android tablets and Symbian phones.
Nuance Communications, which had acquired Swype for more than $100 million in October 2011, had also added support for Hinglish, in the next generation of Swype, the gesture based, adaptive touch input keyboard, earlier this year.