A multilingual keypad for 11 Indian languages

A multilingual keypad for 11 Indian languages
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Now, tweet in Telugu, upload a status update in Tamil, or even email in Oriya with Swalekh, a one-of-its kind keypad where you can express yourself in a language of your choice. Reverie Language Technologies has launched Swalekh keypad free of cost on Google Play Store from January 26.

Text, Facebook, Tweet and send emails through Swalekh app which is available on Google Play

Now, tweet in Telugu, upload a status update in Tamil, or even email in Oriya with Swalekh, a one-of-its kind keypad where you can express yourself in a language of your choice. Reverie Language Technologies has launched Swalekh keypad free of cost on Google Play Store from January 26.

Swalekh, a multilingual keypad, will support 11 Indian languages and is compatible with all Android-based devices – smartphones and tablets. The languages include Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and English. This multilingual keypad enables the users to type in a language of their choice.

Arvind Pani, co-founder and CEO, Reverie Language Technologies, says, “After months of research, Swalekh has been designed and developed keeping non-English users in mind. We pride ourselves in calling it 'Made in India, Made for India product. At Reverie, we have always aimed to address the local language user experience problem from all angles – be it typing, reading, quality of fonts, content discoveryetc.”

The idea behind launching Swalekh is to empower local language users to have a delightful experience while interacting in their preferred language in a digital ecosystem which is dominated by English. Swalekh can be used in three modes – native, phonetic and macaronic. In the native mode, users can type using the native language character keyboard. In the phonetic mode, even if users type in English, the text gets converted into their language of choice automatically.

Many people write or type out words of their local language in English. These users will find Swalekh’s phonetic mode very helpful. In the macaronic mode, users can communicate in their native language and in English. This mode enables users to write in multiple languages in a single message. The app also has an advance predictive typing feature that reduces typographic errors to a great extent by preventing typing of words erroneously.

“I'm confident Swalekh will take the local language user experience up by many notches and it will set a trend among digital users to express themselves in their local language,” adds Arvind. The company plans to bring other Indian official languages and several popular dialects into Swalekh’s fold very soon.

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