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Now say “Namaste”! SwiftKey Keyboard App launches Transliteration Feature for Hindi and Gujarati Speakers

SwiftKey users with Hindi or Gujarati modules installed will have the feature enabled automatically on their phones

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November 28, 2016: Makers of SwiftKey Keyboard App introduces a new transliteration feature for Hindi and Gujarati speakers. The application enables users to type in English and converts it into one of these languages without changing the keyboard modes. The feature automatically detects the language the user is typing in and shows prediction in English as well as the native language script.

For example, if the user typed ‘namaste’, the application will display ‘namaste’ and ‘नमस्ते as the predictions.

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SwiftKey users with Hindi or Gujarati modules installed will have the feature enabled automatically on the phones. When the user uses QWERTY keyboard, the feature will display suggestions in the languages, English and the enabled local language. If you switch to Hindi keyboard, the suggestions will include only Hindu predictions. The update is not yet available to all the users. The transliteration does not support all the users, mentioned medianama.com.

In 2013, Google launched a text input app that allowed users to type in Hindi on their Android cell phones. Facebook also launched a similar feature on their Android app where they allowed their users to type in Devanagari script using their QWERTY keyboard. The SwiftKey transliteration feature is similar to the Swalekh keyboard of the Reverie Language Technologies that enabled users to type in English and then it phonetically translated words into the selected language’s script.

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SwiftKey supports over 15 languages including languages like Hindi, Tamil, Assamese, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Oriya, Sinhala, Kannada, Nepali, Malayalam and Sinhala. The company has partnered with linguists from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi for adding more Indian languages.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?