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…
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