Micromax Unite 2 Logo

Micromax has introduced a new Android smartphone called Unite 2 which claims to allow users to type in 20 Indian languages beside English.

These include popular ones like Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi & Assamese and lesser used ones like Nepali, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Kashmiri, Maithili, Manipuri, Sanskrit & Sindhi.

The company is using Reverie technologies‘s multilingual pack for this feature. It’s worth noting that Reverie had previously integrated Hindi and Arabic fonts rendering engine to Micromax A87, way back in October 2012. Besides the Indic support, the phone is also preloaded with Reverie’s Phonebook app which allows users to save contacts in their preferred Indian language & Smartpad app which claims to offer a personalized predictive typing interface to consumers.

Micromax Unite 2

We feel this is probably the largest deployment of Indic languages by a handset player (correct us if we are wrong). In comparison, Nokia Asha 501 offers keyboards for 12 Indian languages while Samsung had rolled out Indic language interface for nine languages to select Android based smartphones and tablets in August 2013.

Udupi-based Robosoft had previously launched an Android phone with support for five Indic languages in April 2012 while HTC had rolled out full language support for Hindi, Tamil and Marathi to select phones in its HTC One and Desire smartphones series in June 2012. Google had also recently introduced system wide support for Hindi through the Android 4.3 update in July 2013.

There are also third party keyboards like the Indic keyboard by the software collective Swathanthra Malayalam Computing which allows users to type in 15 Indian languages on Android. Adaptxt also supports 12 languages while Swype supports four languages and Swiftkey offers a Hindi keyboard. Google also has a Hindi input & transliteration app on Android.

Other features

Besides this, Micromax Unite 2 is preloaded with MAd (an app which allows users to watch ads to receive free airtime), Kingsoft Office, Getit, Opera Mini, Bharti Softbank-backed Hike, M!Games (online games app), M!live (entertainment content app) and games like Marble, Burn the Rope, Toystory Smash it and Marble.

The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor and a 2000 mAh battery. It features a 4.7″ Bright Graph IPS display with a resolution of 800×480, 5.0 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, up to 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth v4.0 and WiFi among others.

It is priced at Rs 6,999 and will be available in four colors – grey, white, red and green across all leading retail outlets in the country.