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Gupshup Adds Support For 9 Indian Languages; Viber Gets Hindi Interface

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Gupshup’s mobile messaging app GupShup Messenger has now added support for nine Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu besides English, allowing users to send messages to their followers in these languages.

While this feature is available on GupShup’s web app, its not clear if the company has also rolled out this feature across all its mobile apps (Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Nokia S40) as well, since we weren’t able to find it on the Android app at the time of writing this article. (We tried it on Nexus 4 running Android 4.3). We have contacted GupShup on this and will update once we get a response.

The web app currently offers a transliteration keyboard, which allows users to choose their preferred input language through a drop down menu and type in English characters which gets automatically converted the respective language script. What’s worth noting is that the site also offers a character map for each language, which can be accessed by clicking on the keyboard symbol below the text box. This can be quite handy in familiarizing users on how to type any specific character in the text box.

GupShup Indic Languages

Over the past year, the company also seems to have introduced features like Repost (GupShup’s version of Retweet) and the ability for users to share any message using Android’s default share intent, which allows them to share a specific message through various apps installed on their Android phone. More on that in our review here.

Besides this, the company also seems to have introduced widget support for publishers, allowing them to showcase their Gupshup group feed on their respective website.

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Viber Gets Hindi Interface

Earlier this week, mobile messaging and VoIP app Viber also released an updated version of its Android app, adding support for Hindi and 15 other languages like Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, Tagalog and Ukrainian among others.

However, when we checked, we noticed that this is more of a localization support rather than input support and you cannot still type in Hindi. One can change their device language through the phone settings menu, following which the menu options in the app gets translated to their respective Hindi terms. Remember that Google introduced system wide support for Hindi through the Android 4.3 update last week.

Besides this, Viber introduced a new doodle feature, which allows users to draw or paint over any photo and send it to their friends. It also now allows users to know when their messages were viewed by their friends and claims to have added new set of emoticons and improved support for Viber desktop app on Windows and Mac.

Note that Viber’s competitor Plustxt already offers input support for eight Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Malayalam besides English.

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