Keypoint Technologies, Developer of Xploree mobile keyboard, has announced the inclusion of Santali language on its AI-powered mobile keyboard app. Xploree currently supports 27 Indic languages and 113 are global languages.
This step was taken keeping in mind Indian Government’s mandate to add local language support in mobile devices from July 1st, 2017 onwards. This crucial step will connect billions of non-English speaking people giving them the freedom to use the language of their choice on mobile devices.
“This mandate has forced the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to revisit their strategy and comply with the new rules. We have been getting a lot of requests for language support from major OEM players. Most of them are in the pipeline and will be released in the coming days. Initially, the deadline for this was July 2017 which has now been extended till October because OEMs are still struggling to accommodate Indic languages on mobile devices,” said Prima Dona- COO, KeyPoint Technologies.
Indian constitution has recognized Santali as one of the 22 official languages and most of the Santali speaking population are from Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Tripura, Mizoram, Assam and West Bengal. Despite government’s mandate that came last year for regional language support in smartphones; there exists no mainstream keyboard that supports all minority languages. The need for a mobile keyboard that supports Santali became even more apparent after the government launched Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA)’ to impart IT training for digital literacy.
Keypoint Technologies claimed that Xploree is currently on 10 million devices and has over 18 phone manufacturers as partners. Apart from all the 22 constitutional languages, Xploree also supports Rajasthani, Mewari, Bhojpuri, Marwari, and Sinhala along with the latest addition of Santali.
Xploree keyboard offers next word prediction, and user intent based contextual and relevant recommendations on the fly.