Google has today announced various products that support Hindi Handwriting Input both on Android devices and the Chrome desktop browser.
Apart from native Hindi support in the latest version of Jelly Bean 4.3, which it had announced last month, Google has also brought beta support for Hindi handwriting in search and Google Translate on the mobile. Google says these features were built by teams across Zurich, Mountain View and Bangalore.
This allows users to search by just writing with your finger or stylus anywhere on your device’s screen. To use this feature, users would have to go to www.google.co.in in your mobile browser, enable handwriting in setting and also add “Hindi” as a language of search results. After you have enabled it you can tap the Handwrite icon on the bottom right corner and begin writing on the screen. As usual the auto complete options will appear. The handwrite feature is Android 2.3+ phones, Android 4.0+ tablets and for iOS5+ devices.
The Android Google Translate app also now supports handwritten Hindi input. A similar input experience is also available for you when you translate from Hindi on translate.google.com on a desktop or laptop.
Hindi interface on Android Jelly Bean 4.3
Devices running Android 4.3 can change the full interface of the phone to Hindi. To activate this users would have to go to settings , select Language and Input and tap on Language and then select Hindi. All the menus will then appear in Hindi.
Google has also introduced a Chrome extension which allows you to Handwrite Hindi script into any site on the web. The extension is called Google Input Tools and can be found on the Chrome webstore. You can turn your computer’s trackpad into a writing pad once this extension is activated and can write Hindi script using freehand.
Google had introduced the Google Hindi Input keyboard for Android in March, which allowed anyone with an Android device to type in Hindi. Google was not the first to introduce such a product as others like Hindi Bindi, Sparsh and SwiftKey, which allow for Hindi typing as well as Hindi transliteration, have been available on the Play Store for sometime now.
In 2012, Robosoft (in partnership with Bangalore-based United Telecoms), had launched WIWOS, India’s first Android device with Indic language support. There are a number of devices that now come with support for various India langauages.
Last week, Samsung announced that it had launched user interfaces in 9 Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telgu and Gujarati which would be supported in select devices like the Galaxy Grand, Galaxy S4 and Tab 3.