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Lava ties up with KeyPoint to offer Indic interface & keyboard on Iris 402e

KeyPoint Technologies has inked a tie-up to provide end-to-end Indic localization services for Lava Mobiles’ budget Android smartphone Iris 402e that was launched last week.

As part of the partnership, Keypoint Technologies will be integrating its alternative text input application Adaptxt on Iris 402e, which allows users to type in 10 Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali among others. 

Besides the keyboard, Keypoint is also apparently providing system-wide Indic language user interface for 10 languages. A Lava spokeperson told the publication that users can choose from 10 supported Indian languages, after which the entire phone UI, including all the applications will be displayed in the chosen language.

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It’s worth noting that Udupi-based Robosoft had launched an Android phone with support for five Indic languages way back in April 2012. Last month, Mumbai-based mobile app development company MoFirst had also launched a smartphone with Gujarati support and had stated plans to launch smartphones with support for all Indian regional languages by March 2015.

Earlier in May, Micromax had also launched an Android smartphone called Unite 2 which claims to allow users to type in 20 Indian languages beside English. The company is using Reverie technologies‘s multilingual pack for this feature.

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Besides this, Samsung had also rolled out Indic language interface for nine languages to select Android based smartphones and tablets in August 2013 while Nokia Asha 501 offers keyboards for 12 Indian languages. HTC had also rolled out full language support for Hindi, Tamil and Marathi to select phones in its HTC One and Desire smartphones series in June 2012.

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. Swype supports four languages and Swiftkey offers a Hindi keyboard. Google also has a Hindi input & transliteration app on Android and had introduced system wide support for Hindi through the Android 4.3 update in July 2013.

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