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Nuance introduces support for ‘Hinglish’ language in Swype
July 26, 2012 – 7:48 pm
Most Android users have tried and tested the Swype keyboard which relies on quite literally swiping your fingers across the on-screen keyboard. It uses adaptive learning capabilities and smart algorithms to type out the current word and more. Nuance today announced that keeping in mind the Indian market where users tend to mix English and Hindi while messaging, they’ve worked on a special ‘Hinglish’ keyboard. The keyboard has a dictionary of several thousand words which are often used including chai, paani, desi, garam, masti, jungli amongst others.
In addition, the application is much smarter than before due to its added capabilities like Next Word Prediction and Multi-Modal Keyboard which are detailed below.
Next Word Prediction: Nuance has taken everything it learnt from its T9 portfolio and has integrated it with Swype. The end result is a platform which can predict the next word in a message using historical usage data. Prediction accuracy increases over time as the app collects usage data.
Multi-Modal Keyboard: Swype’s multiple input mode means that users can now Swype from letter to letter or rapidly use predice text input. Users can also switch between modalities on the fly which should go a long way in terms of keyboard personalization.
In our usage the Hinglish keyboard worked surprisingly well and we were able to hold a normal conversation using just Swype without having to resort to correcting text manually. Definitely worth trying out ! All Swype users should be able to download the Hinglish language pack by heading to keyboard settings and then looking under the Download Languages. Head to beta.swype.com to download the app now !