Reverie Language Technologies, which operates the multilingual Android keyboard Swalekh, has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding from Aspada Investment Company and participation from existing investor Qualcomm Ventures, reports the Techportal. The company will use the funds for growing its language-as-a-service platform and expanding globally.
Founded in 2010 by Sachindra K Mohanty, Vivekananda Pani and Arvind Pani, the company also provides Reverie Language Gateway, an API that provides developers with options to convert their mobile apps, web portals or other content from English to local languages in real time. The company also provides an Android specific SDK for the same functions. As of now, Reverie claims to offer translations in 50 languages including Indic languages like Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil and Telugu.
Swalekh launch: Earlier in January, Reverie launched ‘Swalekh’, an Android app that supported typing in 11 Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi and Assamese, other than English. It featured a phonetic typing method, that allowed users to type in English, which was then phonetically transliterated into the selected language’s script.
Interestingly, back in 2012, the company had tied up with Datawind to enable its Ubislate tablets to support over a dozen Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, and Punjabi/Gurmukhi among others.
Other Indic Language keyboards:
– The Google Handwriting Input application allows users to input in 82 languages and draw emojis. Google had said then that for complex script languages especially in South Asian languages the keyboard is less standardized and might be unfamiliar.
– In January, Asus released a new version of its Android keyboard app, adding support for two Indian languages – Hindi and Tamil. The app supports both Android phones and tablets, although it’s only compatible with Asus devices.
– In October 2014, popular keyboard app SwiftKey had released an updated version of its Android app, adding support for 11 new Indian languages along with Nepali and Sinhala in open beta. The Indian languages supported included Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, other than Hindi and Hinglish which it had introduced back in December 2012.
– A new Indic Keyboard released by the software collective Swathanthra Malayalam Computing in April last year allowed users to type in 17 Indian languages on Android. This included Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and lesser spoken languages like Sanskrit.
– KeyPoint Technologies’ text input keyboard app Adaptxt also supports 13 Indic languages, while Nuance Communications-owned Swype added support for Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, and Telugu to its Android app last year and currently supports eight Indian languages including Hindi and Hinglish.