The Google Keyboard or ‘Gboard’ is the pre-installed keyboard on Android devices. Google has rolled out new update adding support for new regional languages in Google Translate as well as full Urdu support for Gboard.
Google Translate is a valuable tool available on Chrome considering the fact that half of world’s web pages are available in English, yet only 15% of the world’s population uses that language. Google comes into play and instantly translates web pages for readers making them fluid and natural.
Google sources claim that that their translating tool is currently being used to translate over 150 million pages every day. The company has now added Indonesian as well as eight further regional languages including Punjabi and Gujarati in their neural translating engines. That takes the total number of languages that can be translated through neural networks to 20 plus.
Urdu Language Support in Gboard
For the Gboard, Google has added support for 22 Indic languages in multiple scripts, including Urdu (Arabic), Punjabi (Gurmukhi, Arabic), Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic) and Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic).
Urdu in Gboard includes full support for popular features including the following:
Glide Typing — Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter
Voice Typing — Easily dictate text on the go
Search and share anything from Google — Press on G to search and share:
- Nearby stores and restaurants
- Weather forecasts
- News articles
- Sports scores
- And anything else you’d search on Google
Emoji Search — Find that emoji, faster
GIFs — Search and share GIFs for the perfect reaction. (Available in apps that have implemented image keyboard support)
Multilingual Typing — No more switching between languages manually. Gboard will autocorrect and suggest from any of your enabled languages, without the need to tap on the globe key.
Google Translate — Translate as you type in the keyboard
How to Select Urdu as Input Language
In order to use Urdu as your input language, you must have installed the latest Gboard version on your device. You can choose one of the following two ways to select Urdu as the input language:
- Tap on ‘Globe’ button and your language will be changed from English to Urdu (or any other language you have selected from language options)
- Long tap the ‘Spacebar’ and select your desired language from the popup section.
Download Gboard Update
The latest update that includes Urdu as the input language has already been rolled out. If you have missed, you can download the latest update from Google Play Store.