Swype Beta for Android Gets Full Hindi Support

Nuance’s, Android keyboard, Swype Beta has been updated to version 1.4.9.13905. The update has added increased support for Hindi, and also better editing options and bug fixes.

swypeThe most interesting part of the update is the advanced support for languages like Hindi and Belgian Dutch. The keyboard had added support for Hinglish featuring some popular Hindi and English slangs last year. Full support for Hindi was missing in it. Now with the addition, users will be able to type in Hindi as well.

In the developers own words “Swype’s Advanced Language Model helps predicts what you will input right out of the box. Some call it Black Magic, but in reality a super aggressive completion tool combined with context and next word prediction algorithms help populate your word choice list right off the bat”

So what this means is that with the latest update, Swype will be able to predict the word you are writing more accurately in Hindi and Belgian Dutch as well.

The change log is full of fixes and improvements. Some of them are

  • Responsiveness for tap input improved for all languages
  • Improved overall Smart Editor behavior and implemented some bug fixes
  • Fixed a Gingerbread crash that occurred when rotating device into landscape mode
  • Fixed miscellaneous crashes reported by the Beta community
  • Fixed an issue where default Android voice input (‘mic’/’microphone’) icon displayed instead of logo
  • Changed subtype text in notification drawer to be more accurate
  • Word Choice List behavior improved in Polaris Office

It is always great to see more and more developers adding support for local Indian languages.

Earlier this year, Swiftkey added support for typing in Hindi and Hinglish. Google had also launched Google Hindi Input for Android devices, which also supports transliteration mode, in which a user types a Hindi word in English characters and the app will converts it to Hindi.

There are also some keyboard apps by local developers like Hindi Bindi and Sparsh which support typing in Hindi.

Robosoft (in partnership with Bangalore-based United Telecoms), had also launched WIWOS, India’s first Android device with Indic language support.

You will not be able to find Swype Beta in the Google Play Store. You will need to manually install it from the Sywpe site. If you already have Swype on your Android, you should see an OTA in the next 72 hours.

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