If you think deciding between typing letters and swiping between letters is big deal on English keyboards used on smartphones, imagine if you had to add in options to use a third or fourth method to produce the typed script you intended. That is what some Asian smartphone users face if they want to use Chinese Pinyin, Zhuyin or Cangjie to produce Chinese script. In response to that, Swiftkey has recently completed beta testing their app for the Chinese language and has released an update to support Chinese.
To help Chinese writers produce full sentences, Swiftkey worked on their correction algorithms so the written words come out without errors caused by tiny mistakes. This includes a component that is “continually learning” how a user interacts with their keyboard. Another challenge for Swiftkey in producing their solution was teaching the app to predict a desired word accurately even though the Pinyin sequence could result in multiple options for Chinese characters.
Along with several versions and input methods for Chinese, Swiftkey also added supported for the Khmer and Lao languages to the Swiftkey Keyboard app. Swiftkey also added a special theme to recognize the Chinese New Year as part of their latest update. The theme makes heavy use of traditional colors of red, gold and royal blue and includes a carp jumping over the Dragon Gate, a reference to both an ancient legend and a Chinese character that doubles for “fish” and remaining rich and prosperous.
If you want to give Swiftkey Keyboard a try, hit the Google Play download link below.