Gboard for Android has added support for more than 20 additional languages, including traditional and simplified Chinese and Korean. It also includes support for Malvi, Nimadi, Lambadi, Kangri, Harauti, Dhundari, and Chittagonian languages. With the latest change, Gboard for Android now supports over 300 language varieties – covering 74 percent of the world’s population. The new languages will be rolling out around the globe over the next few days.
Alongside widely-spoken languages, including Chinese and Korean, the latest Gboard update brings some lesser-known languages as well to make the smart typing experience accessible for a large number of Android users. There are language options such as Fulani, Manx, and Maori, which all are not so common but among the oldest spoken languages that are available on the Gboard app.
Google’s Angana Ghosh, who leads the Gboard team, describes the difficulty involved in adding some of the lesser-known languages. The team worked with various linguists and native speakers to integrate their languages within Gboard. “Each new language helps more people express themselves with their keyboard, and we’re thankful to the thousands of linguists and native speakers around the globe who help us bring new languages to Gboard,” Ghosh writes.
You can download Gboard for Android from Google Play to start typing in multiple languages.
The new development comes weeks after Gboard app for iOS devices received an update with a new ‘Make a GIF’ button. In January, Google also released Gboard Go app that will debut on Android Oreo (Go Edition) to offer a smart typing experience, with Google search integration, on devices with low RAM.