SwiftKey, a popular keyboard app for Android devices, has added support for Hindi and Hinglish to its language portfolio.
SwiftKey uses a blend of artificial intelligence technologies to predict the next word the user wants to type. Its ability to learn the users' typing habits and incorporate words beyond the standard dictionary, has made it a really popular app amongst the Android faithful.
Giving a brief behind the scenes look at who the app works, the developers said, "Each language model is much more than a dictionary-like list of words. To be able to offer unrivalled accuracy and next word predictions, SwiftKey's models understand the way words work together. They are built by analysing enormous amounts of language data drawn from across the Internet."
They further explained the work done to add Hindi and Hinglish support, "Hindi and Hinglish were produced by analysing and filtering content from sources such as the .in web domain in India. Using advanced Natural Language Processing techniques, SwiftKey can understand the context of what a user is writing."
Perhaps SwiftKey's biggest strength lies in personalisation, and the developers explained how that works. "In addition to the language models, which enable SwiftKey to intelligently predict next words and correct your input, the app continually learns a user's individual writing style as they type. Users can further personalise SwiftKey by syncing it with their Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog presences."
With the latest update, SwiftKey now includes support for 54 different languages. To mark the release of these languages and the v3.1 update to SwiftKey, both the smartphone and tablet versions will be on sale at half-price on Google Play. The full release notes for v3.1 are as follows:
- New Berry theme
- New languages: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Hindi, Hinglish, Irish, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog
- Split keyboard for normal-sized devices
- Improved language pack downloads
- Improvements in key layouts on some keyboards
- Fixes for some force close issues
SwiftKey 3 Keyboard (Android, Rs. 50 temporarily)
SwiftKey 3 Tablet Keyboard (Android, Rs. 50 temporarily)