SwiftKey Android beta brings adaptive keyboard layouts and new Indian languages


Latest SwiftKey Keyboard for Android beta. (5.3) update brings adaptive new keyboard layouts to our Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Marathi languages. These new layouts will let you write more quickly and easily in these languages. Many Indian languages do not have standard layouts that are adopted by the whole industry. In SwiftKey’s innovative new layout, depending on the proceeding letters, the top row of vowels changes to become contextually relevant. In addition to SwiftKey’s core autocorrect and prediction features, this is another example of SwiftKey realizing its vision that technology should adapt to users, not the other way round. SwiftKey team the opportunity to reimagine the keyboard in an intuitive new way, more akin to how you would learn the alphabet at school.

Changes to the beta include:

  • Updates to the top row of vowels so they become contextually relevant intuitive layouts for Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Marathi keyboards
  • Numbers in both roman and local script are available on the number pad, which has also become more intuitive
  • The Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi keyboards are laid out in the same way as the alphabet

This beta update brings total number of Indian languages to 22. This includes the 13 already in the app as well as nine additional languages: Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani (in both Devanagari and Kannada scripts), Maithili, Manipuri, Sanskrit, Santali and Sindhi.

To download this new beta, join the dedicated SwiftKey Beta for Android Google Group.  Please click ‘Join’ then follow the instructions in this group to become a tester and to download the new SwiftKey Beta app from the Google Play Store.

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