Google’s Android operating system has been expanding rapidly worldwide over the past few years, most notably in China and India, which have brought with it a whole host of new languages to support. To make typing easier for around 1 billion people around the world who speak many Indian languages, Google has created a dedicated Indic keyboard.
In total, the Google Indic keyboard supports 11 Indian keyboards; Assamese (মীয় s মীয় aa), Bengali () াালা), Gujarati (Gujarati), Hindi (Hindi), Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ), Malayalam (മലയാ ം), Marathi (Marathi), Odia (ଓଡ଼ିଆ), Punjabi (Punjabi), Tamil keyboard , And Telugu (తెలుగు).
Not only does the keyboard support more complex scripts, it also comes with many helpful typing features. A transliteration mode can be used to automatically write words to their pronunciation using English letters, for example “Namaste” constructs “Namaste”. This is no small task, as a single word may contain many English-alphabet variations.
For Hindi speakers, there is also a handwriting mode that can be used as text input. The text option can detect both Devanagari and Latin characters. The keyboard also supports Hinglish, a hybrid input mode that will suggest both angle and Hindi words at the same time, where possible.
The keyboard is compatible with phones running on Android 4.0 or newer. The app is free to download from the Play Store and once installed it can be enabled by selecting the keyboard under Settings -> Language and Input -> Keyboard and input methods.